European Union guide developed in partnership with FGV DAPP addresses social media monitoring during elections
Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Department of Public Policy Analysis (FGV DAPP) contributed to the development of the “Guide for Civil Society on Monitoring Social Media During Elections,” a document recently launched by Democracy Reporting International (DRI). The publication explores the impacts of bots, disinformation and other types of actions involving social networks at the heart of debates during elections, helping readers understand how they may affect democracy.
FGV DAPP contributed to the guide in relation to the linguistic methodology for identifying themes, actors and institutions using public data on social networks, in order to monitor public debate in the digital sphere. It also presented studies carried out in recent years about the activities of domestic and international automated networks in the Brazilian electoral process, as well as the spread of fake news and defamatory content on the web.
This work, which seeks to make discussions in the digital public sphere more transparent, has been taking place as part of the Digital Democracy Room project, which began during Brazil’s 2018 elections and is now helping to enhance public debate in other Latin American countries. The guide’s analyses are mainly based on the individual experience of DRI’s researchers and journalists monitoring social media in Europe, Africa and Asia, focusing on digital monitoring of political debate in regions with unstable democracies or restricted civil rights on the internet.
DRI’s document was produced by 20 specialists across the world in the context of the Supporting Democracy Program, an initiative funded by the European Union. FGV DAPP researchers were invited by the organizers to participate in two preliminary meetings to discuss the document with other experts in an office at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
DRI is an FGV DAPP partner organization based in Germany. Its objective is to promote greater social participation in politics, hold government bodies accountable and help develop democratic institutions across the world. The guide is part of a series of practices recommended by DRI, designed to support democracy.