Webinar: To inform and misinform: The current situation of Brazil’s information ecosystem


Digitization has transformed the way information is created and disseminated. We are currently dealing with the darker side of this transformation, in which mutually reinforcing cycles of disinformation, extreme polarization, and autocratization threaten peace, justice and governance, in Brazil and around the world.

The factors that shape information ecosystems are highly dependent on context, yet debates on how to counter the "information disorder" we are currently experiencing tend to be highly specific, preponderantly focusing on the regulation of online content.

To discuss these and other facets of Brazil’s information ecosystem, FGV EBAPE welcomes experts from the German Institute of Development and Sustainability, FGV Direito Rio, UFPE, FGV-Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Unisinos and FGV ECMI.

This Webinar invites participants to broaden their perspective on the topic. It brings together experts on various aspects of information and disinformation, who will focus on the influence of politics and regulation as well as impacts affecting citizens and the news media landscape. The overarching aim is to identify risks and opportunities in Brazil’s current information landscape. The larger question is the following: how can we restore order to our national information ecosystems?

The Webinar will be broadcast online on 03/12, from 2pm to 5pm.

Registration is free, it is open and can be done via the website.


Attention: the event will be held in English, but interested parties will be able to send their questions in Portuguese.


Meet the participating experts

Robert Gregory Michener
Michener is Professor of Government, focused on the politics and policy of good governance, transparency, and anticorruption. He holds a BA from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and an MA in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Comparative Politics and International Relations, both from the University of Texas, Austin, USA

Anita Breuer
German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), PRODIGEES Project

Senior researcher at the German Institute for Development and Sustainability (IDOS), where she works on the project Promoting and Protecting Democracy to Combat Autocratization and Polarization (Promovendo e Protegendo a Democracia para Combater a Autocratização e a Polarização)

Luca Belli
FGV Direito Rio

Digital Governance Specialist
Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of FGV, permanent professor of the Postgraduate Program in Law and Regulation at the Faculty of Law of FGV and works as a professor of the LL.M. Law, Innovation and Technology Program (Programa de Direito, Inovação e Tecnologia) at FGV Rio Law.

Nara Pavão

Specialist in political behavior and public opinion Z
Assistant Professor in Political Science at the Federal University of Pernambuco, PhD in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. 

Nina Santos
FGV-Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Desinformante

Specialist in digital platforms and disinformation and their political impacts
Director of Aláfia Lab, coordinator of the "Desinformante" project and researcher at the National Institute of Science, Technology and Digital Democracy (Instituto Nacional de Ciência, Tecnologia e Democracia Digital), as well as at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis in Media (Centro de Pesquisa e Análise Interdisciplinar em Mídia).

Taís Seibt
Unisinos, Fiquem Sabendo

Specialist in the Socioeconomic area of Disinformation
Journalist and Director of Operations at the Public Data Agency Ficam Sabendo, professor of Creative Industries at the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos) and also an MBA in Data Journalism from the Brazilian Institute of Education, Development and Research.

Victor Piaia

Digital Media and fact-checking specialist
Professor at FGV ECMI, leader of the Research Group on Political Sociology and Digital Transformations and researcher at Dapp Lab, professor Piaia holds a doctorate and master's degree in Sociology from the Institute of Social and Political Studies (IESP-UER).

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