Ariel Gonzalez Levaggi

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Combating Media Disinformation in ArgentinaArgentina

Dr. Ariel González Levaggi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations of Social Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, where he is also the Director of the U.S. Study Program. Ariel is also an Associate Researcher of the regional think tank, The Regional Coordinator of Economic and Social Research (CRIES), Co-Chair of the Section ‘Asia and the Americas’ at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and Senior Associate (Non-Resident) at the Americas Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

IVLP Impact Award Project: Combating Media Disinformation in Argentina

The project focused on fighting against disinformation in Argentina by discussing the factors that cause disinformation, how it occurs and how it can be prevented. The project featured capacity-building events and outreach to university students and young journalists to draw attention to the role of media in dissemination and prevention of misinformation.

Ariel organized three open seminars in different cities of Argentina to disseminate the main findings of the project, raise awareness about the dangers of disinformation and provide practical insights on countering the spread of fake or fabricated information from foreign sources, particularly in an electoral context. An on-site training session at Austral University engaged 250 individuals, including political science, international relations, media students, young journalists and NGO members. In partnership with Chequeado, Ariel created a manual “How to respond to misinformation during international events?” which served as a key resource, offering insights and examples to guide the efforts in the workshop and open seminars. The countering disinformation manual played a pivotal role in facilitating in-depth discussions: 

"[I hope to] raise awareness about how misinformation can affect our democratic institutions." - Ariel González Levaggi

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Ariel was a participant in the IVLP Project U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Making - Project for WHA/EUR/AF, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; Minneapolis, MN; Reno, NV; Dallas, TX; Seattle, WA

Country: Argentina

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