Combating the Disinfodemic: Working for truth in the time of COVID-19

Combating the Disinfodemic: Working for truth in the time of COVID-19 Free

By UNESCO
9 Lessons

This UNESCO x UNITAR collaboration builds your understanding of the disinfodemic and the role of truth in the time of COVID-19. Access to reliable and accurate information is critical at the best of times, but during a crisis it can be a matter of life and death. Unless otherwise stated, all work by UNESCO is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO License.

From the author:A disinfodemic refers to the overabundance of wrong information about the pandemic, or the ‘viral load’ of disinformation that undermines the public health response to COVID-19. This leads to the poor observance of public health measures, which has endangered countries' ability to stop the pandemic. From the author:“COVID-19 has led to a parallel pandemic of disinformation that directly impacts lives and livelihoods around the world. Falsehoods and misinformation have proven deadly and sowed confusion about life-saving personal and policy choices. To #ShareKnowledge, UNESCO and UNITAR have collaborated to bring to mobile e-learning two UNESCO policy briefs offering critical insights into the fast-growing COVID-19-related disinformation that is impeding access to trustworthy sources and reliable information. This research, in line with UNESCO’s role as a laboratory of ideas, coins the term disinfodemic to describe the problem. This interactive course is a collaboration between the UNES

Combating the Disinfodemic: Working for truth in the time of COVID-19 Lessons

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  1. Introduction to Combating the Disinfodemic
  2. Main Disinfodemic Types
  3. Key Themes of the Disinfodemic
  4. Identifying Disinformation
  5. Producers and Distributors
  6. Production and Distribution
  7. Supporting the Disinformation Target Audiences
  8. Options for Action
  9. Acknowledgements

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