Patricia Rossini: Is Disinformation to Blame for Democratic Backsliding? The 2022 Presidential Election in Brazil

  • Datum: –18.00
  • Plats: Humanistiska teatern
  • Föreläsare: Patricia Rossini (University of Glasgow)
  • Webbsida
  • Arrangör: CEMFOR and Digital Politics Research Group
  • Kontaktperson: Michal Krzyzanowski
  • Föreläsning

The Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR) together with the Uppsala Digital Politics Research Network and the Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS) invites you to a public lecture with Patricia Rossini.

Recent electoral cycles, such as the presidential elections in the US in 2020 and in Brazil in 2022, have highlighted how electoral disinformation (in both cases, by the incumbent) poses threats to democracy by inciting political hostility and violence, with deadly consequences (Homans & Peterson, 2022). This talk investigates the relationship between social media use and disinformation in predicting political hostility, intolerance, and democratic support. Empirical work on political intolerance, hostility, and violence has often overlooked the role of disinformation in amplifying these attitudes, in particular disinformation from political elites. The context around Brazil's 2022 presidential election raises concerns about the consequences of disinformation amidst democratic backsliding.

About Patricia Rossini: 
Patricia Rossini is a Senior Lecturer in Communication, Media and Demo- cracy at the University of Glasgow. She studies the interplay between political communication and technologies, with a focus on digital threats to democracy—specifically, uncivil and intolerant online discourse, mis- and disinformation, as well as (dark) participation, democratic backsliding, and online campaigns. Her research has been funded by social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp; the British Academy, and the Knight Foundation (USA). 

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Senast uppdaterad: 2021-03-22