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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Network Propaganda in a Comparative Perspective: a South-North dialogue about democracy, privacy and free speech

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Propaganda and misinformation are on the radar of activists, academics, the private sector, and government agents. In different countries, electoral and political processes unveiled a sensitive relationship between social media and democracy, bringing attention to the dynamics of polarization, media mistrust, manipulation, and hateful speech. In these different realities, economic, political, cultural and even information diet patterns shape context, presenting particular aspects of these phenomena. This fishbowl will be focused on sharing experiences and perspectives about how to discover and tackle these dynamics through different techniques and perspectives. The main questions to be addressed are: what is general and what is contextual? How global platforms should deal with these differences? Which research findings can and cannot establish common ground in policy discussions about the subject? The session will be structured as a frank conversation between five observers from different standpoints, promoting exchange between Global North and South approaches (such as Harvard’s study on US “Network Propaganda” on one side and research about political propaganda on WhatsApp in the 2018's Brazilian election on the other side). Is a space for the construction of shared diagnoses among participants on how to balance diverse conceptions regarding the protection of human rights and democracy.

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Fabro Steibel

General Coordinator, IRM brazil and Executive director at ITS Rio
Fabro Steibel is the General Coordinator of ITS – Institute for Technology & Society (itsrio.org), professor of new technologies and innovation at ESPM Rio (Brazil), the Independent Researcher for the Open Government Partnership in Brazil, and the open government fellow at the Organisation... Read More →

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Mariana Valente

Director, InternetLab
Director of InternetLab, where I do research around human rights and the Internet; Internet regulation; Gender and Tech; Access to knowledge and Copyright.

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Oya 3 (Laico)