Fake news! Politicisation and commodification of infectious disease in a time of existential crisis.

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This talk will analyse what the World Health Organisation has referred to as an ‘infodemic’ taking place alongside the coronavirus pandemic. It will examine previous research on the role of rumours, misinformation and disinformation in the context of infectious diseases, along with findings from social and data scientists analysing online Covid narratives, networks and behavioural responses, to illustrate the complexities involved. This seminar will pay particular attention to the intersection of Covid19 misinformation with political and corporate interests and discuss the role of communications experts in challenging and ameliorating the most harmful effects. Part of the seminar will involve a discussion of the free-speech versus censorship dilemma and the false dichotomy this presents for the governance of social media.
Period3 Feb 2021
Event titlePolitics and International Relations Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • COVID-19
  • Politics
  • Misinformation
  • Disinformation
  • Social Media
  • Infodemic
  • Global eHealth
  • Digital Ethics
  • Public Health