Social Media

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. 

From Bytes to Bucks: Soft Power, Policy, Tech, and Culture

Three Wilson Center analysts examine the push and pull between state and society in the expression of cultural values in contemporary technologies, and what this tension implies for the international system:

1. Valerie Anishchenkova:  The importance of video games in modern global culture cannot be underestimated, especially in their increasing impact on personal and collective identities. What do Russian war-themed video games reveal about contemporary Russian nationalism? Who are friends and who are foes? Drawn directly from today’s geopolitical conflicts.

Wilson Center Seeking A Social Media Expert For Contract Position

Consistently ranked as one of the top think tanks in the world, the Wilson Center is looking for an experienced and talented social media professional to position this dynamic organization to be a trusted source and to provide a safe political space between the worlds of academia and public policy.

This is a contract position for 40 hours per week, in-house at The Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 20004 for a period of 6 months with the possibility of renewal. Compensation range is $70,000-$95,000 depending on experience.