Past Event

The State of Disinformation, Freedom of Speech and the Public Sphere

April 1, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 802

Hybrid: In-Person at SIPA 802, Online- Register Here (Zoom)

This panel will address the current situation of freedom of speech, disinformation and the overall landscape of the public sphere in Brazil. It brings together well-known journalist Patricia Campos Mellho, who first investigated disinformation campaigns in Brazil during the 2018 election cycle. Writer João Paulo Cuenca, who is facing more than 100 lawsuits because of one tweet he posted in 2020. Roberto Martini, head of one of the most innovative branding and communication groups in Brazil. And Ronaldo Lemos, a lawyer specialized in technology policy, who co-created Brazil´s Internet Law.


The panel will consider potential scenarios for the 2022 election cycle from the perspective of communication at-large, as well as the challenges to build a constructive dialogue in Brazil at the present time.  




Patricia Campos Mello, Editor-at-Large and Reporter at the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University, recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot award in 2020.


João Paulo Cuenca, Argentinian-Brazilian writer, author of "Descobri que estava morto" and other books translated into 8 languages


Ronaldo Lemos, Senior Adjunct Researcher at Columbia University, founder of the Institute of Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro


Roberto Martini, Founder and CEO of branding group FLAGCX, appointed one of the top marketing professionals in Brazil by Scopen Research

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