The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) launched this Friday 30th, in Brasília, the Program Against Disinformation Focused on the 2020 Elections. At the occasion, 34 invited institutions – amongst political parties and public and private entities – signed the adhesion to the program, which aims to address the negative effects caused by disinformation to the image and credibility of the Electoral Justice, the holding of elections and the actors involved in the process.
In presenting the program, the President of TSE, Justice Rosa Weber, affirmed that facing the issues caused by this phenomenon demands the adoption of short, medium and long term actions, supported in various human knowledge areas. She underlined that the initiative justifies itself by the existence of disagreeable practices of disinformation in the society, as well as the ever-growing need of ensuring the credibility of the election execution process.
“The damage that disinformation can cause to the image and credibility of the Electoral Justice, the execution of its activities and the actors involved (political parties, voters, magistrates, public agents) are serious and severe”, underlined the president of TSE.
During the speech, the Justice reminded the effective action of the Electoral Justice on facing the disinformation phenomenon during the 2018 General Elections, both in the jurisdictional sphere and in the field of efforts against “orchestrated actions” often by large groups that used technology to spread this kind of content.
According to Rosa Weber, it was believed that the practices had as a target the political parties and its candidates, “what effectively occurred, through the electoral propaganda”. However, the Justice stressed that, in parallel, a massive targeting to the Electoral Justice was verified, “with the divulgation, in large scale, of fake news with a clear goal of discrediting the institution and its members, putting under suspicion the electronic voting system”.
Were present at the event’s table, next to the President of TSE, the Electoral Attorney-General Raquel Dodge and the president of the Commission of Electoral Law from the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Eduardo Damian.
The program was organized in six thematic axes. The first, “Internal Organization”, aims to integrate and coordinate the levels and areas that compose the organizational structure of the Electoral Justice and the respective definition of the attributions against disinformation.
Another axis that will be worked is the “Media and Information Literacy”, which has the goal of enabling people to identify and check disinformation. Besides, encouraging comprehension about the electoral process.
About the topic “Containing Disinformation”, the idea is to apply concrete measures for discouraging actions that disseminate fake information. Thus, with the axis “Identification and Checking of Disinformation”, TSE intends to search for the improvement and new methods of identification of possible conducts for disseminating fake content.
The axes “Improvement of Legal System” and “Improvement of Technological Resources” are also part of the program launched by the TSE.
Before the signature of the adhesion document, Justice Rosa Weber announced the launch of a webpage that will gather the content about disinformation and, also, of a book resulted from the debates occurred on the International Seminar on Fake News and Elections, that happened in May, at TSE. The work is available at the TSE’s official webpage.
Partner Institutions on the Program
The president of TSE clarified to the presents that, besides the partners that signed the adhesion to the event, other institutions can still integrate the initiative.
Check out below the list of institutions that have adhered this afternoon to the Program Against Disinformation Focused on the 2020 Elections:
1. Abert – Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters
2. ABI – Brazilian Press Association
3. Abranet – Brazilian Internet Association
4. Abratel –Brazilian Association of Radio and Television
5. Abrint – Brazilian Association of Internet and telecommunications Providers
6. ANJ – National Association of Newspapers
7. Aos Fatos Agency
8. Acredito Association
9. Abracom – Brazilian Association of Communication Agencies
10. InternetLab Association for research in Law and Technology
12. CGI.br –Internet Management Board
13. Palavra Aberta Institute
14. Update Institute
15. Ministry of Justice and Public Security
16. Federal Prosecution
17. Brazilian Bar Association
18. Avante Party
19. Communist Party of Brazil – PCdoB
20. Christian Democracy Party – DC
21. Democratas Party – DEM
22. Brazilian Labor Renewing Party– PRTB
23. Solidariedade Party
24. Progressistas Party
25. Republicanos Party
26. Brazilian Labor Party– PTB
28. Safernet Brasil
29. SBC –Brazilian Computer Society
30. Executive Secretariat of the National Committee of the Anti-Corruption Movement
31. Lupa Agency
32. Christian Social Party – PSC
33. Podemos Party
34. Democratic Labor Party– PDT