COVID-19 and the Information Space: Boosting the Democratic Response   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The essays in this collection of global insights are the product of six workshops held by the International Forum for Democratic Studies during the spring and summer of 2020. These workshops--which gathered civil society representatives, journalists, academics, researchers, donor organizations, and policymakers--aimed to assess the likely challenges that the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic would pose to the democratic nature of the 'information space,' or the broad public square in which societies exchange information and debate ideas." This resource contains the following essays: "Sickness and Health in the Information Space: Reflections from the First 10 Months of COVID-19" by Dean Jackson; "Surviving the Pandemic: The Struggle for Media Sustainability in Africa" by Dapo Olorunyom; "Authoritarian Disinformation: A COVID Test for Latin America's Information Space" by Vladimir Rouvinski; "Mendacious Mixture: The Growing Convergence of Russian and Chinese Information Operations" by Andrea Kendall-Taylor; "Scaling Up the Truth: Fact-Checking Innovations and the Pandemic" by Will Moy; "Shhhh… Combating the Cacophony of Content with Librarians" by Joan Donovan; "Dancing in the Dark: Disinformation Researchers Need More Robust Data and Partnerships" by Renée DiResta; and "Public Health, Big Tech, and Privacy: Squaring the Contact-Tracing Circle?" by Mallory Knodel.

National Endowment for Democracy; International Forum for Democratic Studies
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