Coronavirus Conversations: Information Sharing During An Epidemic

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Brian Langloss, Ph.D. & Sarah Rispin Sedlack, J.D.


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, Ph.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.

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