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Science and Health Misinformation in the Digital Age: How Does it Spread? Who is Vulnerable? How Do We Fight it?   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Society has long struggled with the spread of inaccurate or misleading information. However, rapid advancements in communications technology and the development of online networks have rapidly magnified this problem. As enabling as these developments have been for the sharing and dissemination of credible information, the same is true of misinformation. [...] This report synthesizes existing academic research and perspectives shared by academics and practitioners to answer three questions: 1. How is misinformation spread? 2. Who is most likely to fall prey to misinformation? 3. How do we combat misinformation and its effects? In answering these questions, the report highlights three case studies of science communication and misinformation -- climate change, vaccines and COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. It concludes with recommendations for practitioners and government agencies to combat misinformation and its effects in science and health policy."

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2021-07
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2021 Public Policy Forum
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