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Information Literacy & Misinformation in the Era of COVID-19

June 15, 2021 | DIgital

8:30 – 9:30 Am EDT

Description

As the world grapples with a raging pandemic, information literacy—the capacity to critically evaluate content for its quality and usefulness—has become crucial and the cornerstone to survival and recovery. Disinformation and misinformation erode trust in public institutions, exacerbate class conflict, foment fear and hatred, weaken the credibility of our institutions, embolden hostile actors, and jeopardize our very democracies. The spread of propaganda and conspiracy theories is not a new phenomenon, of course, but the technologies and platforms that now connect billions of people around the world have enabled the creation and rapid dissemination of more sophisticated and dangerous forms of distortion than ever before. The growing scope and scale of the threat posed by disinformation and misinformation is seen in politics, health, the environment, and technology, among other areas of society. This Concordia Live will dive into CollaborateUp’s preliminary research results on this global threat.

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