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Russia's Crackdown Only Mobilizes Communities and Professional Groups


Russia’s censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, has been trying to block a popular messaging app, Telegram, for a year and a half now. The agency’s head, Alexander Zharov, recently compared his struggles with Telegram’s engineers to a “fight between a projectile and an armor,” and with good reason: the agency has been unable to come up with a technology strong enough to pierce Telegram’s security “armor.” It is interesting, in this respect, that a state agency sees itself as an attacking force, not as a defense and security body.

Brazil Fell for Fake News: What to Do About It Now?

Brazilians’ relationship with the news might never be the same

Candidates, Voters, and Bots: The Forces at Play in the October 2018 Brazilian Elections

More than 150 million Brazilian voters will go to the polls on October 7 to choose a new president, 27 governors, and hundreds of representatives at the federal and state levels. It is likely to be the most consequential election that Brazil has seen since the reinstatement of democracy in the 1980s. It is also proving to be one of the hardest to predict, as the electorate remains skeptical of the political class four years into an unprecedented corruption investigation that has now seen the imprisonment of leading political figures and businessmen.

Yeltsin and the Press

The 1990’s are viewed as one of the most independent times for the Russian press. How did the press freedoms brought by Gorbachev begin to decline, and what can we learn from that process? Nataliya Rostova, creator of GorbyMedia, will discuss her work creating YeltsinMedia to help answer these questions.

Hate Speech and the Challenges of Post-Election Peacebuilding in Nigeria

On May 1, 2018, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted an event entitled, “Hate Speech and the Challenges of Post-Election Peacebuilding in Nigeria.” Ms. Hayley Elszasz, Program Assistant at the Wilson Center Africa Program, gave introductory remarks. Ms. Hannah Beckett, Program Associate at the Africa Program, moderated the event. This discussion featured Dr.

Fake Polls as Fake News: The Challenge for Mexico's Elections

Voter manipulation through misinformation is a long and established practice in many polities regardless of whether they are democracies or authoritarian regimes. Parties and candidates alike will frame and even distort issues to their advantage. Misinformed voters can be a potential threat to democracy if they get to know the issues through fake news: poor decision-making will follow.