Is “Fake News” a Real Problem in Latin America?


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As the United States continues to deal with controversy over foreign interference and disinformation in the 2016 presidential election, concerns are growing that elections in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and elsewhere could be similarly influenced by so-called “fake news.” How real is this threat in Latin America and what can be done about it? Are technology companies responding adequately or is regulation required? What are the implications for freedom of expression if governments or corporations decide what is real and what is “fake”?

Please join us for a timely conversation that separates fact from rumor, assesses the threat to upcoming Latin American elections from deliberate disinformation in social media, and looks rigorously at potential policy responses both from the technology sector and governments. 
Follow this event on Twitter at #FakeNewsLatAm and @The_Dialogue.

Please note this discussion will occur in both Spanish and English without interpretation. 


Catalina Botero

Dean of the Law School at Universidad de los Andes; former IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (@cboteromarino)

Claudia Trevisan

Washington Correspondent, O Estado de S. Paulo (@claudianoseua)

Daniel Sepulveda

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (@DSepDC)


Opening Remarks

Michael Camilleri

Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)



Juan Carlos Iragorri

Director, Club de Prensa, NTN24 (@jciragorri)


This event is hosted in partnership with Reporters Without Borders, the Faculty of Law at the Universidad de los Andes, and NTN24