Social Media and Democracy: Prospects for Reform



Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro now finds himself fending off a number of investigations proceeding in the Supreme Court, notes AEI analyst Ryan C. Berg. Stemming from his 2018 presidential campaign, he faces allegations that his campaign coordinated with private businesses to disseminate disinformation about his opponent through social media. The president has responded by attempting to obstruct the Federal Police from carrying out searches and seizures of those allegedly involved.

On Wednesday August 12th at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, speakers from the newly formed Election Integrity Partnership explain how it aims to tackle electoral disinformation in real time. The partnership is a coalition of research entities focused on supporting real-time information exchange between the research community, election officials, government agencies, civil society organizations, and social media platforms. The objective is to detect and mitigate the impact of attempts to prevent or deter people from voting or to delegitimize election results. Register here.

The foundational Partnership consists of four of the nation’s leading institutions focused on analysis of mis- and disinformation in the social media landscape: the Stanford Internet Observatory and Program on Democracy and the InternetGraphika, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, and the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public.

On Tuesday September 8, 2020 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PT, Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center hosts a discussion of Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform. The book explores the emerging multi-disciplinary field of social media and democracy, by synthesizing what we know, identifying what we do not know and obstacles to future research, and charting a course for the future inquiry.

Download the final chapter here, which details the legal barriers preventing access to key social media datasets, and the ethical quandaries surrounding analyses of such data.

Speaker(s), including several associates of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED): Nathaniel Persily, Andrew Grotto, Daphne Keller, Andrew Guess, Benjamin Lyons, Pablo Barabera, Alexandra Siegel, Samuel Woolley, Erika Fowler, Michael Franz, Travis Ridout, Richard Fletcher, Chloe Wittenberg, Adam Berinsky, Francis Fukuyama, Paddy Leerssen, Tim Hwang, Robert Gorwa, and Timothy Garton Ash. REGISTER & RTWT


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