August 3, 2021

“Statewide Virtual Summit Tackles Coronavirus ‘Infodemic'”

From the University of Washington iSchool:

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t the only viral problem currently afflicting the planet, according to experts from the University of Washington and Washington State University. We’re facing an “infodemic” as well.

The UW Center for an Informed Public and WSU’s Murrow College of Communication joined forces for a livestream summit on April 9 to address the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus and offer advice on how to build healthier information practices. More than 2,000 people watched at least a significant portion of the event, which was streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, individuals have had to make crucial decisions about things such as how seriously to take the virus, whether to stay at home, and whether to put their trust in unproven remedies. Their choices might depend on which media sources they choose to trust, and could have profound impacts on their long-term health.

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Watch a Recording of the Virtual Summit

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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