Tackling Disinformation: Strengthening Democracy through Information Integrity


Paulina Ibarra

Fundacion Multitudes

Executive Director


Paulina Ibarra is an expert in gender, open government and human rights with more than 20 years of professional experience, with special emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a member of the Commission to Combat Disinformation recently created by the Government of Chile. With a degree in Communication and Political Science, and a master's degree in Communication from Georgetown University, she is Executive Director of the Multitudes Foundation, and the first elected Chair of the International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies. In 2016 she was invited to join the External Consulting Group of the Independent Consultation and Research Mechanism of the Inter-American Development Bank, and most recently she was invited to join the Summit for Democracy Steering Committee on Advancing Human Rights, and to become a member of the cohorts on Disinformation/Information Integrity and Women as a Prerequisite for Democracy in the same instance. Paulina Ibarra is also a member of the Working Group on Democracy and Technology of the Community of Democracies. Paulina is a member of the USAID Women's Political Leadership Network and participated in the Freedom Online Coalition in 2022, with the theme of gender political misinformation. She is also a member of the Transform Program for the advancement of women in public life; and supported the efforts of the World Wide Web Foundation's consultations on social media commitments to Generation Equality. Paulina was the first Regional Web Manager at the World Bank focusing on development Communications, to then join the Open Government Partnership launched by President Barack Obama in 2011 where she led the communications efforts and was in charge of organizing the first Global Summit for OGP in Brasilia. She is currently a Vital Voices fellow and works on combating misinformation and political gender violence. From Fundacion Multitudes, she directs the Women's Observatory against Disinformation, which was awarded an honorable mention at the World Justice Forum (2022) and was selected as one of the finalists at the Paris Peace Forum (2021). Recognized by different governments for her work on gender political disinformation, in 2022 she participated in the OECD High Level Summit on Democracy and Trust with the topic of political gender disinformation; at the 26th edition of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development at the United Nations in Geneva; at the 67th Commission on the Status of Women in the UN (NY) on women and democracy as well as in multiple government-led and multilateral commissions on the issue of gender and disinformation. Most recently Paulina joined a number of women leaders in Tech in Venice on a Global Dialogue to discuss AI, disinformation and women in public life.

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