Frieda Arenos
Senior Program Officer, Governance
Washington, DC

Frieda Arenos is the Senior Program Officer for the Governance team at NDI. Before joining the Institute in August 2017, she spent eight years working for Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, both under his leadership on the Judiciary Committee and for his personal offices in Vermont and Washington, D.C. Frieda holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Vermont, and a Master's degree in Intercultural and International Communication from American University. 

Disinformation: A New Challenge to Democracy or More of the Same?

Recent headlines on the role of Russian disinformation in the 2016 U.S. presidential election have ignited important policy discussions on the impact of information warfare on democratic systems. While disinformation is not new and has been used for years to turn the tides of policy in the favor of its perpetrators, developments with respect to social media, big data, and artificial intelligence mean that disinformation now poses a very different type of threat to democracy.

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