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

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

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.

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

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. The impacts of COVID-19 disinformation are more deadly than disinformation about other subjects, such as politics and democracy. That is why 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 UNESCO Sector for Communication and Information and the UNITAR Divisions for Multilateral Diplomacy and Prosperity.

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What you will learn

  • Introducing the Disinfodemic
  • Supporting the Disinformation Target Audiences
  • Production and Distribution
  • Producers and Distributors
  • Options for Action
  • Key Themes of the Disinfodemic
  • Main Disinfodemic Types
  • Identifying Disinformation

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

UNITARThe United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations system.

UNESCO’s Sector for Communication and Information


Within the UN system, UNESCO operates extensive programmes on access to information and freedom of expression. The Organisation’s Sector for Communication and Information is also an active participant in the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

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