From the moment the first COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out, there will need to be a large fraction of the global population ready in line. It is therefore crucial to start managing the growing global hesitancy to any such COVID-19 vaccine. The current approach of trying to convince the "no"s cannot work quickly enough, nor can the current policy of trying to find, remove and/or rebut all the individual pieces of COVID and vaccine misinformation. Instead, we show how this can be done in a simpler way by moving away from chasing misinformation content and focusing instead on managing the "yes--no--not-sure" hesitancy ecosystem.
In February 2020, the World Health Organization announced an ‘infodemic’ — a deluge of both accurate and inaccurate health information — that accompanied the global pandemic of COVID-19 as a major challenge to effective health communication.
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Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 1:00pm
What are the implications of online vaccine communication for political discourse?
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 9:00am
The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics hosted it's third and final International Forum on the Harms of Social Media Disinformation on August 6th. The forums have spann
Friday, July 24, 2020 - 1:00pm
As the United States approaches the 2020 US elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more political communication than ever is taking shape on social media. Yet to date, our understanding of political content on YouTube has remained relatively limited.
The battle over misinformation amid the Covid-19 pandemic has pitted health experts, parts of the public, and the leaders of online platforms against one another.
Without decades of organized efforts by a lavishly funded movement of self-proclaimed patriots, the disruptive efforts of Russians and other foreign elements would have failed.
Democrats are criticizing Joe Biden for doing the bare minimum of media interviews, worried that the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee is repeating a mistake made by 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.