Webinar: Defending Democracy from Disinformation - IDEA

06 May 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30 CEST
| Apr 28, 2021

Register here for the webinar 'Defending Democracy from Disinformation' hosted by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

"Disputes over conflicting opinions about how to solve society’s problems have been replaced by a divergent understanding of what the problems are in the first place. 

Disinformation hurts democracy in a multitude of ways.

  • First, it harms electoral processes by endangering the concept of “informed choice”, as voters go to the polls with  incorrect information mixed in with conspiracies. It may also damage electoral legitimacy, by spreading lies about the electoral result and its fairness. 
  • Second, and perhaps more fundamental, disinformation polarizes societies and distorts public debates. Executive actions, legislation, appointments, and foreign policy are all viewed through vastly different lenses, with no clear referee of facts and evidence, making the truth subjective, legitimacy questionable and accountability impossible. 
  • Third, disinformation also presents an effective vehicle for both domestic and foreign anti-democratic actors to peddle harmful narratives, further exacerbate pre-existing societal divisions, and push individuals toward undemocratic alternatives, such as authoritarian populist movements, autocratic strongmen, or even extremist organizations. 
  • Fourth, disinformation may also be a national security threat, effectively undermining states’ foreign policy goals and partnerships as well as promoting hostile adversaries.

Disinformation has become a critical and pressing challenge for democracies around the world. 

International IDEA and the Friends in Defence of Democracy will hold a webinar entitled: "Defending Democracy from Disinformation", on Thursday 6 May 2021, at 14:00 – 15:30 (CEST). This webinar will explore tangible solutions and best practices to protect democracy from disinformation, protect information integrity and ensure access to information and build societal resilience disinformation."

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