Study on disinformation and democracy is presented in Germany
The director of Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Department of Public Policy Analysis (FGV DAPP), Marco Aurélio Ruediger, recently presented a study and debated social networks and politics at the German Foreign Office. At the meeting, held from November 17 to 23, he presented practices related to disinformation and democracy in Brazil.
Ruediger was participating in an event titled Digitalization and Democracy: Challenges to Parliamentary Systems Posed by Social Networks, Big Data and Disinformation, at the invitation of the German Foreign Office, as part of the country’s Visitors’ Program. This program organizes thematic missions involving selected leaders from different parts of the world.
The meeting, held in Berlin and Munich, was attended by Markus Beckedahl, the founder and chief editor of netzpolitik.org, who spoke about political discussion in society on the internet and civil rights in the digital sphere. Beckedahl also spoke at an event called Digitalization and Democracy, held by FGV DAPP in partnership with the German Embassy and FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School.
The event was also attended by representatives of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, a German organization that studies the internet. Its researchers talked about social network regulation strategies. Professor Simon Hegelich, of the Technical University of Munich, discussed links between politics and data science.
Ruediger’s participation in the event was part of a series of initiatives involving FGV DAPP, aimed at analyzing the influence of information on democracy in the digital age. FGV DAPP has organized two events this year to address the topic of digitalization and democracy, and it also took part in the Organization of American States’ mission to observe the elections in Panama, within the scope of its Digital Democracy Room project, which monitors political debate online.