In February 2019, Nigeria went to the polls to elect its President, Vice President, House of Representatives and the Senate facing an exponentially growing volume of news and online information about the election and various campaigns, particularly of President Muhammadu Buhari and his challenger, Atiku Abubakar. Supported by USAID’s Electoral Empowerment for Civil Society Program, NDI worked with local partners in Nigeria at the Center for Democracy and Development to outline what happened online during the election and identify solution driven responses through fact checking, media literacy and research into the online environment.
Daniel Arnaudo is a senior program manager at NDI for governance, covering the intersection of democracy and technology with a special responsibility to develop projects tracking disinformation worldwide. Concurrently, he is a Research Fellow with the Igarapé Institute of Rio de Janeiro and a Cybersecurity Fellow at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies where he has worked on projects in Brazil, Myanmar, and the United States. Recently, he also collaborated with the Oxford Internet Institute’s research group on Computational Propaganda. His research focuses on online political campaigns, digital rights, cybersecurity, and information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). He earned masters degrees in Information Management and International Studies at UW by completing a thesis on Brazil and its Bill of Rights for the internet, the Marco Civil. In past, he has worked for the Arms Control Association, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Carter Center, and consulted for a wide range of organizations including Microsoft, the Center on International Cooperation at NYU, and NASA.