Digital virus, antigen and antibody building intellectual immunity and people centred digital infrastructure

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This talk focuses on information related security challenges faced by the world otday in the digital age. Borrow WHO’s concept of infordemic, which we define as misleading information. It causes confusion and misunderstanding and leads to risk-taking behaviours that endanger public security. It discusses the need to build intellectual immunity against informdemic at the society level.

Today, mobile popularity (penetration rate) has reached over 75% since 2020 worldwide (Statista, 02/06/2021), and globalisation has gained further momentum. Increasing cross-country/region/cultural activities have brought up new challenges given the rapid increasing communication and information exchange through many-to-many, rather than one-to-many broadcasting, fashion. We have observed that false and mal-information, misinformation, disinformation have led to mis-behaviours. We are also concerned that misperception and miss-understanding between different cultures, communities, societies and countries may trigger responses that will result in dangerous conflicts.

There is the need to pay attention to “intellectual immunity” at every social level. Social scientists ought to play crucial roles, for example, to help people, especially at grass levels, detect emerging “antigen” and build and enhance the abilities to defend themselves from any infordemic.
Period10 Dec 2021
Event titlethe 7th Global China Dialogue: Panel II: Reforming global governance
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Digital security
  • infordemics
  • intellectual immunity
  • China