Coronacast - Outbreak Misinformation - what it is, why it's a problem and what we can do about it.

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Invited presentation, recorded as part of an interdisciplinary series of webcasts on the topic of pandemics. In this 1 hour interview, eHealth expert Claudia Pagliari discusses the challenges presented by online misinformation and disinformation during infectious disease outbreaks, why it happens, from whom it arises, what can be done to prevent its spread via social media and what governments are beginning to learn about effective communication. She also discusses some of the ethical dilemmas involved in managing misinformation during an outbreak. For example, as the risks rise during the COVID19 pandemic, might your social media chatter be subject to surveillance or even criminalised, and will these steps be reversible after the crisis is over?
Period27 Mar 2020
Event titleCoronacast: Pandemics Explained: Prof Claudia Pagliari discusses the problem of social media misinformation during disease outbreaks
Event typeSeminar
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Misinformation
  • Outbreaks
  • Coronavirus
  • Social Media
  • Science
  • Disinformation
  • Surveillance
  • Digital Ethics
  • Data Ethics
  • Pandemics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Digital Health
  • Health Communication
  • Infodemics