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News from Luminate

A few weeks ago Brazilians voted in the second round of the Presidential election. We’ve been paying close attention to this election cycle, particularly in two areas: the increased participation of candidates who are LGBTQIA+, Afrodescendants, women, or youth; and the worrying rise in disinformation and hostility towards these candidates. You can read part one of our two-part analysis in this newsletter.

Earlier this month, we also commemorated the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. Brave journalists around the world risk their lives to hold power to account, including Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa who currently faces charges of criminal cyber libel and imprisonment. We join the Hold the Line Coalition in calling on Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to demonstrate his stated commitment to press freedom and end the State’s attempts to jail Maria.

Read on for more from our team and partners.  

- Luminate Team

From our perspective

Temblores: Shaking the structures of oppression in Colombia
Since 2017, our partner Temblores (Tremors, in English), has sought to decrease social inequality and injustice for marginalised groups. Sylvana Castro and Juan Pablo Ruiz explain how last year they achieved their greatest victory yet against police brutality.
What we paid attention to during the Brazilian elections — and why you should care
The Brazilian elections mattered for Brazil, Latin America, and the whole world. The results could set precedents for the efforts to build more inclusive societies.

Gustavo Ribeiro and Rafael Georges reflect on this year’s Brazilian election and delve deep into the issues of diversity and dis- and misinformation.
Driving accountability, protecting democracy: Using data protection laws to challenge Big Tech’s business model
Martin Tisné, Swee Leng Harris, and Alaphia Zoyab explain why Luminate supported a landmark case against Meta brought by Tanya O’Carroll who is seeking to exercise her right under the UK GDPR to object to her personal data being used to profile her and show her targeted ads.
Worth your attention
We supported the research study "Parallel public spheres: influence operations in the 2022 Philippine elections" by Jonathan Corpus Ong, Rossine Fallorina, Jose Mari Lanuza, Ferdinand Sanchez II, and Nicole Curato a comprehensive examination of the actors and methods that influenced this year’s election discourse. It is well worth the read and has some great illustrations.
The Territory”, a powerful film that tells the story of the struggle of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people to defend their land from illegal loggers, was shortlisted for the DOC NYC, a usual predictor of Academy Awards nominations. The film will premiere on Disney+ on 2 December. They also launched a great new initiative for anyone to get involved in the fight to save the Amazon rainforest.
Khadija Patel, Head of Programming at the International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM), joined our CEO Stephen King at a panel at the Athens Democracy Forum to discuss the importance of strengthening independent media to help fight dis- and misinformation. Read highlights in the New York Times or watch the session on YouTube.
The Macondo Literary Festival — a forum for Kenyans as well as other Africans, particularly the youth, to interact with, and engage each other on their history — took place in Nairobi between 30 September and 2 October. Abdul Noormohamed spoke at the event. We were delighted to support it. You can view a visual summary of the festival, produced by the African literary magazine Brittle Paper.
R3D and Artículo 19 México published an investigation that revealed the Mexican army’s use of the spy software Pegasus against journalists investigating abuses committed by the military. (In Spanish)
Where you can find us
Festival Internacional de Cine por los Derechos Humanos (17-25 November)
Look for Juan Pablo Ruíz at the 9th edition of one of Colombia’s most interesting cultural events discussing how to promote and defend human rights. 
Aké Arts and Book Festival (24-26 November)
Look for Toyin Akinniyi who will moderate a session about the role of the arts in advancing inclusive civic participation at the 10th edition of one of Nigeria´s largest arts and book festivals.

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