Coronavirus Conversations: Information Sharing During an Epidemic

02apr12:30 pm1:30 pmCoronavirus Conversations: Information Sharing During an Epidemic


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(Thursday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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As the world struggles to contain the economic, political, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 virus, it is also wrestling with how both online censorship and the open internet have helped the spread of the virus.Social media and other digital platforms provide critical opportunities outside of official channels to share accurate information about emerging diseases. However, these online platforms have also facilitated the spread of misleading information about the coronavirus. While international health authorities, governments and social media companies are engaged in efforts to combat it, they are struggling to keep up.

Our experts Brian Langloss, P.h.D and Sarah Rispin Sedlack, J.D. recently co-authored a policy brief titled “Information Sharing During an Epidemic: Policies and Best Practices” making recommendations for actions to facilitate information sharing across all platforms.

Join Duke Science and Society to discuss the important lessons about the negative impact of closed information regimes on efforts to contain and combat emerging pandemics, the importance of an open internet, and the dangers of mis- and disinformation. Read more about digital epidemiology in this interview with Roll Call.

This virtual event series is open to the public. Press covering the coronavirus outbreak are welcome to attend. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Coronavirus Conversations: A new, virtual event series from Duke Science & Society

As we practice social distancing, engage in online learning, and work remotely we are burdened with questions about how this pandemic is affecting our lives, the lives of those we love, and the society we are a part of. Over the course of this event series faculty and staff from Duke Science and Society will join academics, lawmakers, students, researchers, doctors, and others to shed some light on the events happening around us and what life will start to look like moving forward.

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