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Disinformation and its Impact on Democratic Processes

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As the Chair of the Council of Member States of International IDEA, Canada invites you to an in-person event on “Disinformation and its impact on democratic processes” on 26 April 2022 from 16:30-18:00 CEST. The event will take place at International IDEA’s Headquarters located at Strömsborg 1 in Stockholm (by invitation only) and will also be live-streamed above.

As one of the key priorities for its chairship of International IDEA, Canada is focusing on the challenges created by disinformation – those that affect governments and societies, including marginalized and vulnerable groups as well as CSOs.

This public event is aimed at encouraging a discussion on how disinformation is contributing to democratic decline globally, and how governments can respond and build resilience to disinformation. Case studies from Sweden, Myanmar and Canada will be discussed and compared to illustrate the wide impact disinformation tactics can have in different contexts.

Opening words will be delivered by Jason LaTorre, Canadian Ambassador to Sweden, with closing words given by Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA. Panellists include Serge Blais, Executive Director, Information Integrity Lab at the University of Ottawa, Mikael Tofvesson, Head of Operations at the Swedish Psychological Defence Agency, and Thin Lei Win, Award-winning Journalist from Myanmar, Rome-based. The discussion will be moderated by Alberto Fernandez Gibaja, Senior Programme Officer on Technology and Politics, Public Policy at International IDEA.

Event date
26 April 2022
Organising parties
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
Government of Canada