Gendered Disinformation, Online Extremism, and the Erosion of Democratic Values

Nov 14, 2023, 12:15 pm1:30 pm
Open to the public


Event Description

Co-Sponsored by the Bridging Divides Initiative and the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice

Featured Speaker:

Kristina Wilfore

Lecturer at George Washington University, Global Democracy Advisor at Reset.Tech and co-founder of #ShePersisted

This lecture explores the intersection of gendered disinformation, online extremism, and the erosion of democratic values, focusing on the increasing abuse and harassment faced by women in politics. It highlights the role of gendered disinformation campaigns in undermining women's credibility, discouraging their political careers, and inciting violence, both in the United States and globally. 

Kristina Wilfore is a seasoned international development and elections professional having worked against authoritarian regimes around the world for organizations such as the National Democratic Institute, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and USAID grantees - designing and implementing large-scale election integrity, conflict mitigation, civil society and disinformation defense programs. She is co-founder of #ShePersisted, a global, feminist initiative to tackle gendered disinformation and online attacks against women in politics and Global Democracy Advisor to 

View this article for more information about Kristina's work.


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