Recommendations to prevent disinformation

Dec 13, 2022

About the event

In early 2022, the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and the Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (Cepei) pioneered the creation of the first Community of Practice (CoP) on Data-Driven Communications in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

This initiative brings together national statistical offices (NSOs) in the region and actors outside the statistical system to exchange knowledge and strengthen the capacity to communicate data for decision-making.

Speakers

Lucía oscuro

Ricardo Corredor Cure

Former Communications Director
Colombian Truth Commission

paz patiño

Ana María Saavedra

Director
Colombiacheck

Moderador

Alex

Philipp Schönrock

Director
Cepei

The communication of large volumes of data requires mechanisms and strategies that strengthen transparency in communication processes and tackle disinformation or fake news. 

In this context, fact-checking has become increasingly relevant in communication strategies to combat disinformation and ensure the quality of information.

Main points

On December 6, the community of practice held the third communications talk focused on the main challenges in communicating large volumes of data and examples and lessons learned around disinformation. 

Ricardo Corredor, Former Communications Director of the Colombian Truth Commission [Comisión de la Verdad], shared the process to create the communications strategy for the final report Hay futuro si hay verdad. This initiative managed large volumes of data that were processed, analyzed, and contrasted to provide a complete account of Colombia’s internal armed conflict. 

Corredor shared three elements on the strategic lines for communicating large amounts of information:

1

Inform different audiences

2

Create a strategy focusing on narratives and public communication that mixes emotions and rational arguments

3

Independent fact-checking

Ana María Saavedra, Director of Colombiacheck, also participated in the session and mentioned the two principles involved in the fact-checking methodology:

1

Select the content circulating in social networks or portals and evaluate its relevance (the scope of the publication and the significance of the topic in the public debate are taken into account)

2

Search for the veracity of the publication through data and analysis

Community of Practice on Data-Driven Communications in Latin America and the Caribbean

Cepei and PARIS21 identified that NSO communication experts did not have their own space for peer-to-peer exchange. The Cop provides a learning platform to strengthen communication skills and bring data closer to decision-makers. 

 

Currently, ten NSOs in the region are members of the Community: Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. Other countries are expected to join this initiative to strengthen the regional network and exchange common challenges regarding timely and effective data communication.

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