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Thu, Mar 28, 2019

Disinformation in Democracies: Strengthening Digital Resilience in Latin America

2018 saw political tides turn in three of Latin America’s largest democracies. These elections also saw deep polarization and distrust in institutions among Brazilians, Mexicans, and Colombians in an information environment ripe with disinformation. And while disinformation and misinformation are nothing new, the spread of false information at alarming rates – facilitated by politicians, non-state […]

Report by Luiza Bandeira, Donara Barojan, Roberta Braga, Jose Luis Peñarredonda, Maria Fernanda Pérez Argüello

Disinformation Latin America

Roberta Braga is an associate director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, where she leads projects on Brazil, anti-corruption, disinformation and misinformation in elections, trade integration, and energy in Latin America. During her time at the Council, Roberta has co-led the Center’s #ElectionWatch Latin America project focused on exposing disinformation around elections in Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia; executed projects on NAFTA’s impact on energy and Venezuela’s oil crisis; managed the Center’s work on anti-corruption ahead of the 2018 Summit of the Americas and launched the Center’s work on Mercosur-Pacific Alliance convergence. Braga also manages the Center’s media and communications strategy and outreach.

Braga previously worked as a strategic communications analyst at the US Department of Homeland Security, and supported corporate affairs and public relations efforts at Promega Corporation, an international biotechnology firm headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

Braga frequently provides English- and Portuguese-language commentary on political and economic issues in Latin America. She has been published in Newsweek and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Axios, Brazil’s O Globo and Folha de S.Paulo. Originally from Brazil, Braga is a native Portuguese- and English-speaker, and fluent in Spanish.

She has a master’s degree in global communication and public diplomacy from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and global security from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.