Nan Gao
Dylan Marks
Andrew Peterson
Chester Shiu

CS 201
Stanford University


The growing trend of using the Internet as a tool for political discourse is generally a positive one. The Internet allows for a closer relationship between candidates and their constituencies as well as providing more helpful information to voters. In general, the Internet enables citizens to be more active in politics. At the same time, these benefits must be weighed against several negative effects, including the dubious intentions of 527 organizations, the digital divide, and the questionable credibility of online information. However, with the help of closer regulation, the passage of time, and an increasingly Internet-savvy populace, many of these negative effects will be mitigated. Hopefully, the Internet will continue to grow as a medium for valuable political discourse and activism.