Rodrigo Maia participates in series of webinars to debate action against fake news on social networks
On September 8, 9 and 10, Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Department of Public Policy Analysis (FGV DAPP), in partnership with the German Embassy, will hold a week of webinars called “Tackling Fake News on Social Networks – Legislative, Judicial and Academic Ways to Fight Disinformation.” The guest speaker for the first meeting, on September 8, will be the speaker of the House of Representatives, Rodrigo Maia. The topic to be debated is “Fake News and Lawmakers: How to Increase Accountability on the Internet.” The moderator will be Flávia Lima, Folha de S. Paulo’s ombudsman.
The event will kick off a two-year partnership involving FGV DAPP and the German government to develop strategies to tackle the global challenge of promoting digital democracy and combating disinformation. The project will be coordinated by the director of FGV DAPP, Marco Aurelio Ruediger, who will make the opening remarks together with the German ambassador to Brazil, Heiko Thoms.
Each webinar will have a specific theme related to the fight against fake news from legislative, judicial and academic perspectives. On September 9, the event will be opened by Professor Jeanette Hoffman of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She will talk about “Fake News and the Digital Public Realm – Disinformation’s Impact on Democratic Decision-Making Processes.” The last event will be about “Fake News and Justice – Can Legal Decisions Create a Level Playing Field?” The confirmed guests include federal representative Felipe Rigoni, coauthor of the Fake News Bill; Pedro Abramovay, the director for Latin America of the Open Society Foundations; and Folha de S. Paulo journalist Patricia Campos Mello, who has won a Maria Moors Cabot Journalism Prize. Professor Rosana Pinheiro-Machado of the University of Bath, England and Professor Wilson Gomes of Bahia Federal University will also take part in the debate.
All the webinars will feature simultaneous interpretation into Portuguese, English and German. For more information, click here.