Past Event

International Conference – “The Fight against Xenophobia in the Era of Disinformation and Artificial Intelligence”

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
San Juan, Costa Rica

Civil society representatives, governments, academia, influencers and international organizations met in Costa Rica to discuss how to fight xenophobia and disinformation in times of artificial intelligence. UNESCO organizes the event, with support from IOM and UNHCR.

Maria Fernandez-Garcia, Internews Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, moderated the panel, The role of the media in fighting disinformation.

Disinformation is not a new phenomenon. However, advances in technology in the last century have facilitated the faster spreading and sharing of disinformation, including through the use of social media platforms. In fact, the creation of memes which capture the attention of social media users, especially young people, have allowed disinformation to reach a much wider audience in all corners of the globe. The fight against disinformation requires a better understanding of the dynamics of the social media platforms and traditional media sources including newspapers, many of which now have an online presence in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Panelists included Mr. Edgar Zamora, Social Communicator, MIL project Director of Radio Sonica, Guatemala; Mr. Luis Botello, Deputy Vice President, New Initiatives and Impact, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ); Ms. Geraldina de la Vega,
President of the Commission on the Elimination and Prevention of Discrimination (COPRED), Mexico City; Mr. Ricardo José Peralta Escamilla, Youtuber from “Pepe & Teo Opinan.”

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

San Juan, Costa Rica

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