International forum discusses the role of algorithms and information technologies in the Internet
The professor of FGV’s School of Applied Mathematics (EMAp) attended the 2019 Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF 2019) on May 16-17. He participated in the discussions on the role of algorithms and information technologies in promoting transparency, identifying biases, and promoting privacy.
In a scenario where the democratic online space is shrinking, with increasing repressive measures against civil society, journalists, minorities and other actors of change, SIF 2019 explored the latest threats against online democracy and the responses required to mobilize its openness. Roughly 500 participants from all continents and renowned speakers attended the event, which aimed to propose solutions to one of the most acute challenges to democracy in our times.
The event also sought to discuss the advancement of techniques to silence online voices, as well as the limitation of civil, political, social and economic rights. SIF 2019 argues that a free, open and secure Internet acts as the engine of sustainable development and poverty reduction. Simultaneously, the forum focused on positive trends such as new democratic opportunities for all people with Internet access. For many, it has become easier to find, organize, and find previously inaccessible information.