Voting has commenced in TIMEs Person of the Year

first_imgVoting has commenced in TIME’s Person of the Year in 2016 online poll, with one of Hillary Clinton’s recent nemeses, Aussie Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange, just ahead of the other one – President-elect Donald Trump – as at Monday morning [US ET].However, this is not a popularity contest. It’s a time-honoured annual tradition for TIME, with editors making the final Person of the Year selection – selecting the person who has, for better or for worse, impacted the news the most in the past year. The online poll merely provides TIME readers with the opportunity to voice their own opinions on who has made the greatest impact on the world in 2016.For 2016, TIME—in partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson—is also able to track and compare influence in a whole new way. Opentopic worked with Watson to track how candidates made their mark on the Internet, in order to create a picture of what the world is saying about the people and ideas that matter. TIME’s editors used this information while finalizing the list for the Person of the Year reader poll.TIME suggests that A-for-Assange, being alphabetically higher in the options participants consider, may give him an advantage over T-for-Trump, who comes closer to the end of the polling list!Voting on the reader’s choice poll ends 4 December at 11:59 p.m. ET.last_img

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