Event discusses fake news and social networks in elections

The event will bring together academics and authorities from Brazil, Spain, the United States, France, Italy, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, who will be presenting analyses of recent or ongoing electoral processes in their respective countries.
Law
26 April 2019
Event discusses fake news and social networks in elections

Social networks, collective financing and fake news are components that have affected the dynamics of elections in Brazil and in several countries. In order to discuss the role of the Judiciary Branch in light of these and other issues affecting democracies, FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) is promoting, on May 2, the seminar “Eleições, desinformação e justiça: desafios e respostas internacionais” (“Elections, disinformation and justice: international challenges and responses”). The event will be held at the FGV Headquarters (Praia de Botafogo, 190,
Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ), starting at 1:30 p.m.

The event will bring together academics and authorities from Brazil, Spain, the United States, France, Italy, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, who will be presenting analyses of recent or ongoing electoral processes in their respective countries. Issues such as disinformation, free speech and regulatory changes – as well as the role of electoral justice bodies in light of new national and transnational challenges – will be the subject of the specialists’ discussion.

The organizers of the event, Michael Mohallem and Isabel Veloso, from the Center for Justice and Society (CJUS) of FGV Direito Rio, note that one of the goals of the meeting is to analyze how countries have faced contemporary challenges. They also highlight the importance of the presence of José Luis Vargas Valdez, minister of a body similar to the Superior Electoral Court of Mexico, which will be opening the event, revealing his experience in a recent electoral process. The Mexican elections, held on July 1 last year, were the largest in the country’s history and the most violent, with at least 136 politicians murdered since the beginning of the electoral process.

The debates will be attended by Ann Ravel (University of Berkeley, United States), Rafael Rubio (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain), Andrea Pisaneschi (University of Siena, Italy), José Luis Vargas Valdez (Minister of Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary, Mexico), Román Jáquez (President of the Supreme Electoral Court of the Dominican Republic), Jean-Philippe Derosier (Lille II University, France), and Chad Vickery and Katherine Ellena (International Foundation for Electoral Systems – IFES). In addition to the foreign guests, the debate will be attended by Jairo Nicolau, political scientist and researcher at FGV’s School of Social Sciences (CPDOC), and Michael Freitas Mohallem, Coordinator of the Center for Justice and Society of FGV Direito Rio.

Please visit the website for more information and to make your registration.