Misinformation during Covid-19: the US-UK experience


This event, hosted by UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society will elaborate on the misinformation trends seen on both sides of the Atlantic.

It is almost five years since the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” its word of the year. Since then, the onslaught of fake news, misinformation, and conspiracy theorising have not only remained unrelenting, the problem has grown worse.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, a maturing environment and practice of misinformation has found its ideal host, a virus within a virus. The practice of misinformation during the pandemic has added to existing political divisions in numerous nations and become as much about politics as it is about science.

While vaccines are in the pipeline for COVID-19 itself, discussion is needed in how to tackle the virus of disinformation. The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite to you a discussion to elaborate on the misinformation trends seen on both sides of the Atlantic.

Panellists:

Damian Collins is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe. From 2016 to 2019 he was the Chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, leading inquiries into doping in sport, disinformation and ‘fake news’, football governance, reality TV, homophobia in sport, and addictive and immersive technologies.

Nina Jankowicz studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of How To Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict (Bloomsbury/IBTauris). Ms. Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the auspices of a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship.

Dr Danny Steed is a research fellow who is particularly engaged in the Henry Jackson Society’s Centre for Cyber, Data, and Online Threats.

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