Automated Use of WhatsApp in Brazilian Elections

Researcher Marco Konopacki from Brazil will share the results of a study he conducted about patterns of behavior and coordination among WhatsApp users during the 2018 presidential election in Brazil. The election raised concerns in Brazilian media, academia and society about the strategic use of political campaigning on social networks, and some said there is evidence of automation in multiple WhatsApp groups.  Konopacki is currently a Humphrey Fellow at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is a political scientist focused on collaborative law and policymaking processes, and has been an advisor to the Ministry of Justice of Brazil on online public participation platforms for collaborative lawmaking. He completed his master’s at the University of Parana and is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Minas Gerais.


Monday, October 21, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:20pm

Marano Campus Center, Room 211
Marano Campus Center, 7060 NY-104, Oswego, NY 13126, USA



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