Digital Democracies & Disinformation

  • Online
  • 14:00-15:30 London

Canning House and Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) are pleased to present this event analysing the impact of technology on democratic processes in Latin America, with a focus on the role of disinformation in "digital democracies."

Digital Democracies & Disinformation

in partnership with Fundação Getúlio Vargas

As technology has progressed to permeate every aspect of our lives, the rise of social media has had a profound impact on governments and democratic processes. Disinformation and ‘fake news’ have made it difficult to separate fact from fiction, with increasingly vocal distrust of electoral processes among voters and candidates alike. Democratic institutions’ failure to keep pace with advances in technology and online communication have left them vulnerable to attacks from which they have little or no defence.

Canning House and Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) are delighted to host this joint webinar looking at Digital Democracies and Disinformation in Latin America. The event will aim to better understand the context in which we find ourselves, looking at the rise of social media platforms and alternative media and their role in propagating disinformation, as well as what democracies in Latin America can do to defend themselves and protect electoral and political processes.

This event will address:

  • The impact of social media and new forms of communication on democracy in Latin America
  • The use of social media by both elected governments and external forces to destabilise democratic institutions
  • Where this trend is leading democracies in Latin America
  • How democratic institutions can protect themselves against attacks and attempts to delegitimise democracy.


Chair: Sylvia Colombo

Correspondent in Latin America, Folha de S.Paulo

Marco Aurelio Ruediger

Director of Public Policy Analysis, Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Elaine Ford

Director and Founder, D&D Internacional

Pia Mundaca

Executive Director, Espacio Público

Jorge Paulo de França Junior

Executive Director of the Secretariat for Participation, Interaction and Digital Media


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Fundação Getulio Vargas

Established in 1944 to promote Brazil’s social and economic development, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) has consolidated itself as a one of the top 10 think tanks in the world as well as a top higher education institution.

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) has a tradition of excellence in research, innovation and consulting in administration, economics, law, social sciences, and applied mathematics. FGV has academic cooperation agreements with renowned institutions all over the world, which include research, joint projects and exchange of students and professors.

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