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Thursday, May 17 • 10:30 - 11:45
Elections and information disorders in Latin America.

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Most of the conversation regarding 'fake news' has been dominated by the latest presidential campaign in the United States and Europe. However, in Latin America misinformation is not one of the biggest challenges today, but has been for a very long time. We want to foster an open conversation and provide space for sharing anecdotal evidence, compiled across the region, related to the use of different technologies, or organised strategies, to introduce noise into the information channels available to the public. In recent times, there is evidence of the 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. With an ongoing election cycle coming in Latin America we perceive the urgent need to gather more data about the phenomenon, and at the same time discuss with civil society organisations the most effective strategy to drive public attention on these manipulations, fostering critical thinking. It is also relevant to discuss and design strategies to educate and get the involvement of local authorities around the acquisition and use of these technologies, and see how they should be assessed within the local electoral laws.

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María Paz Canales

Executive Director, Derechos Digitales

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Gisela Pérez de Acha

Public Policy Officer for Latin America, Derechos Digitales
Gisela Perez de Acha is a Mexican lawyer and activist who specialises in free speech and gender rights within the digital world. She is the public policy officer for Latin America at Derechos Digitales, a non-governmental organisation where she mostly conducts research on algorithmic... Read More →
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Renata Avila

Senior Digital Rights Advisor, World Wide Web Foundation - Public Citizen Consultant
Renata Avila, (Guatemalan), is an international Human Rights lawyer, specialising in the next wave of technological challenges to preserve and advance our rights, and better understand the politics of data and their implications on trade, democracy and society. She is a 2020 Stanford... Read More →
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Iria Puyosa

Researcher - Consultant, Huaira
Researcher and consultant on internet policies at Huaira, a NGO working in the Andean Region. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. Her recent research projects are related to internet censorship, online political campaigns,online propaganda and disinformation, and networked... Read More →
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Taisa Sganzerla

Lusophone News Editor, Global Voices

Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT