The 9th Latin American Democracy Forum in Mexico City focused on “Challenges in Politics and Democracy in the Digital Era” from April 4 – 5. The event covers themes from citizenship in the digital era, new technologies and electoral campaigns, tools for promoting an informed vote and promoting electoral transparency and accountability through new technologies. International IDEA participated in the panel on electronic voting and the discussion of questions related to concerns about security and secrecy of online voting, key considerations for design and implementation of e-voting and creating a favorable environment for new voting technologies.
Youtube’s new fact checking algorithm, designed to provide viewers with factual information of videos that might have false or misleading information, has caught a snag. As videos of the recent burning of France’s Notre Dame cathedral surfaced on the streaming website, the algorithms began to display them with information from Encyclopedia Britannica about the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. While Youtube apologized for the embarrassing error, the incident demonstrates gaps in the company’s current system of fact checking response.