TSE launches the Program Against Disinformation Focused on the 2020 Elections

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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.

 

Program   

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

11. Boatos.org

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

27. Politize!

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

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