Going Viral: How Covid Misinformation Spreads Online
Online health misinformation poses a major threat to efforts to prevent the spread of Covid and other infectious diseases. Understanding how misleading claims can be bolstered through data visualizations and quantitative statements is crucial to developing effective countermeasures.
Join us for an expert panel hosted by Scientists Speak Up at Stanford.
Carl Bergstrom is a professor of biology at the University of Washington and a faculty member at the UW Center for an Informed Public who studies the flow of information. He is the co-author of Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World and works to prevent the spread of quantitative misinformation and promote data literacy.
Crystal Lee is a PhD candidate at MIT and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She works broadly on topics related to the social and political dimensions of computing, data visualization, and disability.
Chase Small is a researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory. His current work focuses on the Virality Project, a coalition of research entities focused on supporting real-time information exchange between the misinformation research community, public health officials, government agencies, civil society organizations, and social media platforms. This fall, Chase conducted research for the Election Integrity Partnership, which had a similar mission for the 2020 US election.Â