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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Countering hate, preserving free expression

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In recent times, there is evidence of use of bots, centres of paid troll armies, volunteer work of online disinformation, and tools for targeted marketing (including the hire of specialised agencies), all used to mobilise for or against political ideas and candidates. As a part of this process, previous debates around Freedom of Expression are also connected, such as the data protection, intermediary liability or the right to be forgotten. There is also a compelling need of considering the role of factors like political polarisation, the use of private messaging applications and foreign interference. With the data collected in the ongoing election cycle in Latin America we perceive the need to discuss the most effective strategy to drive public attention on the documented manipulations, fostering critical thinking and lessons for the future. In particular, think through an open debate how to design tools to educate and get involvement of private sector (media and internet platforms), local authorities around coping these challenges, and see how they should be assessed within the local electoral laws and regulatory frameworks in general.

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Dennys Antonialli

Executive Director, InternetLab
Dennys Antonialli is the Executive Director of InternetLab, a think tank on internet law and policy based in São Paulo, Brazil. Between 2017 and 2018, Dennys was a Professor of Law at the Department of Public Law of the University of São Paulo Faculty of Law (USP), where he also... Read More →

Marianne Díaz Hernández

Public Policy Analyst, Derechos Digitales
Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Caspian (Palais)