Promoting information integrity: combating disinformation, hate speech and threats to public institutions online

The G20 Side Event will emphasize global discussions on promoting information integrity, taking place back to back to NetMundial +10 in São Paulo, and will combine high-level meetings and a one-day event open to a global audience. The event is an initiative of the Digital Economy Working Group.

02/29/2024 10:29 AM - Modified 2 days ago


Brazil is hosting the G20 in 2024, and one of the chosen themes during its "pro tempore" Presidency, within the Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG), is "Information Integrity and Trust in the Digital Environment." The selection of this axis reflects the need to promote a discussion on the social and political impacts of the advancement of digital technologies on information ecosystems.

This G20 Side Event will focus on the current stage of global discussions on conceptualization, as well as possible approaches to promoting information integrity and trust in the digital environment. It will benefit of several multilateral debates taking place currently and in recent months, such as the UNESCO’s Internet for Trust Initiative, the UN Global Digital Compact consultations the UN Code of Conduct on Information Integrity consultations, OECD debates on mis/disinformation, to mention just a few.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of NetMundial, an event held in Brazil in 2014, which marked a global moment of reflection on internet governance. The proposal to organize the NetMundial +10 event by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( on April 29 and 30, is another opportunity to update the topics addressed in the first edition, given the challenging scenario a decade later. The G20 Side-Event will take place back-to-back to NetMundial+10, both in São Paulo.

Brazil has a historical vocation that is situated at the intersection of various regional blocs and multilateral alliances, building bridges and facilitating dialogue that transcends divisions. In this spirit, it is expected that the convergence of these two events will allow the convergence of a series of processes and debates.

In addition, the event is taking place in synergy with the UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day, whose global ceremony will take place in Santiago, Chile, from May 2 to 4, which will also bring together global leaders in communication and related topics, particularly highlighting the theme of information integrity related to climate change, hosting discussions that will include inputs coming from this international seminar.


April 30 and May 1


Hotel Hyatt, São Paulo, Brasil

Format and structure:

The face-to-face conference will take place over two days. The format includes open panels and discussion groups (invitees-only).
Tuesday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: closed high-level meetings and workshops with engagement groups from the G20, T20, C20 and partners
Wednesday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: thematic conferences, events open to registrants


To bring together different perspectives to inform ongoing multilateral dialogues on the conceptualization and operationalization of “information integrity”
To provide a space for dialogue and exchange of good practices and gathering of evidence in promoting information integrity in the digital environment, aimed at members of governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, industry, and research community


“Promoting Information Integrity” will be an open and global event, not restricted to G-20 members.
The expectation is to have meaningful conversations, from a global perspective, for an audience, including representatives from civil society, the private sector, governments from around the world, and international organizations.


Minister Paulo Pimenta, Minister-Chief of the Secretariat of Social Communication at the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil


Names designated or suggested by the G20 countries

Melissa Fleming
UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

Melissa Fleming is Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the United Nations. In this role, she oversees the UN’s strategic communications operations, including its multilingual news and digital media services, public outreach programmes, and campaigns.

Under her leadership, the UN Department of Global Communications is engaging in far-reaching efforts to address misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech. It is also developing a Code of Conduct for Information Integrity on Digital Platforms.

Ms. Fleming is author of “A Hope More Powerful than the Sea” and host of the UN podcast, Awake at Night. She holds an MS in Journalism from Boston University and a BA in German Studies from Oberlin College.

Tawfik Jelassi
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information

Tawfik Jelassi has been UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information since July 1, 2021. He is responsible for programs related to building inclusive knowledge societies, leading digital transformation, outlining strategies for the role of ICTs in education, and promoting freedom of expression.

He has a doctorate in Information Systems from New York University (USA) and a postgraduate degree from the University of Paris Dauphine (France). He has extensive experience in higher education, scientific research and information and communication technologies. He has held academic, corporate, and government leadership positions in Europe, the USA, and Tunisia.

Maria Ressa
CEO and president of Rappler, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Maria Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for over 37 years. She is the co-founder, CEO, and president of Rappler, the leading digital news site in the fight for press freedom in the Philippines.

In October 2021, she was one of two journalists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her "efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Maria was named one of Time Magazine's Personalities of the Year 2018, was among the 100 Most Influential People of 2019 and was also named one of Time's Most Influential Women of the Century.

Christophe Deloire
Chair of the Forum on Information and Democracy

Christophe Deloire is a French journalist who has been the secretary general and executive director of the international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) since 2012. He headed one of France's leading journalism schools, the CFJ, from 2008 to 2012 and was an investigative reporter for the politics and society sections of the French magazine Le Point from 1998 to 2007.

He has also worked on television channels ARTE and TF1, made documentaries, edited several authors, and wrote several bestsellers, including Les islamistes sont déjà là (2004), Sexus Politicus (2006), and Circus Politicus (2012).

Elsa Pilichowski
Director of Public Governance at the OECD

Elsa Pilichowski is Director of the Directorate for Public Governance at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. She has more than 20 years of experience in public governance in OECD and partner countries. She joined the OECD in 2000 in the Public Governance Directorate, where she worked, until 2012.

Pilichowski took up the post of the deputy head of the unit for the Eurasian region for the OECD's Global Relations Secretariat and the Office of the Secretary-General in 2014, where she was an advisor. Before joining the OECD, Elsa Pilichowski held positions at the World Bank.



Meetings restricted to invited guests

8:30 to 12:00

14:30 to 15:30

16:00 to 17:30


Workshop with engagement groups

Workshop with Partners from the Global South

High-level meeting with international organizations



8:30 to 9:30 

Opening Session

Paulo Pimenta, Minister of Social Communication of the Presidency (Brazil)

Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications (UN)

Tawfik Jelassi, Deputy Director-General for Communication and Information (UNESCO)

Representative of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - TBC

10:00 to 12:00 

Conference: global and regional initiatives to promote information integrity

Christophe Deloire, President, Forum Information and Democracy

Elsa Pilichowski, Director of Public Governance (OECD)

Chengetai Masango, Head (Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum)

Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson Information Regulator (South Africa)

Gustavo Gomez, Director (Observatorio Latinoamericano de Regulación)

Ernst Noorman, Ambassador at Large for Cyber Policies (Netherlands)

Parminderjeet Singh, Digital society researcher (India)

Moderator: Guilherme Canela, Head of the Area of Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists (UNESCO)

14:00 to 14:30 

Conference: the importance of information integrity to promote fundamental freedoms

Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (Philippines)

Moderator: Patricia Campos Mello, journalist (Brazil)

14h30 to 18h

First session

Thematic panels

Panel - Information integrity as the foundation of the fight against climate change

Angie Holan, Director (International Fact-Cheking Network)

Marie Santini, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Antonia Gawel, Global Director, Sustainability and Partnerships, Google

João Guilherme Bastos dos Santos, Director, Democracia em Xeque (Brazil)

Moderator: Hannah Balieiro, Executive Director (Instituto Mapinguari, Brazil)

Panel -  Sustainability of public interest content producers

Karen Kaiser, General Counsel (The Associated Press)

Bander Alsulami, Chief Information Officer, General Authority of Media Regulations (Arábia Saudita)

Thomas Owen Ripley, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister Cultural Affairs (Canada)

Nishant Lalwani, CEO (International Fund for Public Interest Media)

Paula Miraglia, Founder and General Director of Journalism and Tech Task Force (Brazil)

Moderator: Adriana Delorenzo, Director (Associação Brasileira de Mídia Digital, Brazil)

Panel -  International experiences in market and digital services regulation

Latifa Akharbach, President of the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (Morocco)

Giacomo Lasorella, President of AGCOM (Italy)

Francisco Brito Cruz, InternetLab (Brazil)

Pearse O’Donohue, Director Future Networks DGConnect (European Union)

Raul Echeberria, Executive Director (Asociación Latinoamericana de Internet)

Nicolas Robinson, Latin America Policy Lead (OpenAI)

Moderator: Orlando Silva, Congressman (Brazil)

Second session

Panel - Building resilience: protecting elections and public institutions from the political instability of online extremism

Jorge Messias, Attorney General (Brazil)

Jason Pielemeier, Executive Director (Global Network Initiative)

Joelle Rizk, Digital Risk Advisor (International Committee of the Red Cross)

Eileen Donahoe, Special Envoy and Coordinator for Digital Freedom (USA)

Anne Marie Engtoft Meldgaard, Tech Ambassador (Denmark)

Jeanette Hofmann, Berlin Social Science Center (Germany)

Panel - Promoting fundamental freedoms and tackling hate speech and violence online

Silvio Almeida, Minister of Human Rights and Citizenship (Brazil)

Wijayanto, Universitas Diponegoro (Indonesia)

Anita Gurumurthy, founder of IT for Change (India)

Nell McCarthy, VP Content policy development (Meta) - TBC

Kristina Wilfore, founder of She Persisted (United States)

Yunfeng Li, Deputy Director-General of Bureau of Internet Governance, the Cyberspace Administration of China

Moderator: Roberta Eugênio, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Racial Equality (Brazil)

Panel -  Protecting children and adolescents online and Media Education initiatives

Felipe Neto, entrepreneur and influencer (Brazil)

Tanya Notley, Australian Media Literacy Alliance (Australia)

Jennifer Kaberi, CEO of MToto News (Kenya)

Roxana Morduchowicz, Senior Consultant for Digital Citizenship (UNESCO)

Emilio Puccio, Secretary General of the Intergroup on Children’s Rights (European Union)


Closing remarks

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