Technology is playing a crucial role during the pandemic, helping to keep people informed, connected and safe. But it is also being used to spread misinformation and disinformation, in an attempt to undermine efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organisation has said misinformation costs lives, while disinformation is polarising public debate.
The help combat the “infodemic”, the Judith Neilson Institute is partnering with DataLEADS for the Misinformation in Medicine Summit, which is scheduled to be held virtually on November 20 and 21.
The summit is designed to strengthen the dialogue around fighting misinformation in health and build collaborative networks across Asia.
The two-day event will include talks and group discussions with doctors, public health specialists, academics, journalists and tech experts who have been studying COVID-19 and the misinformation that has emerged.
JNI Executive Director Mark Ryan said the Institute supported DataLEADS’ efforts to help connect media educators and journalists.
“DataLEADS is making an important contribution to fact-checking training, data analysis and media research in Asia,” he said.
“Now, in the midst if a global pandemic, the need for verified, evidence-based reporting is more important than ever.”