In his speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 15, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated: “we’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.” Social media platforms are flooded with false information, half-truths, and conspiracy theories, all of which shaped the online environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. This, coupled with post-truth politics, Read More…
Author: Emma Curtis
Emma graduated in 2020 from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Political Science and International Studies with a Concentration in International Security and Conflict. Her previous work with NATO includes attending the NATO Defence College for crisis management training in 2017, representing Canada at NATO’s 2021 Hackathon, and developing an international security simulation for post-secondary students which was completed at the 2019 Model NATO Summit in Romania. Emma’s areas of interest include: the impacts of mis and disinformation on democratic structures, digital/e-democracy, gendered violence in zones of conflict, and alternative dispute resolution practices. Emma currently works as a public servant in B.C. and plans to pursue a Master’s program in 2024.
A Disastrous Combination: Emergency Events and Online Mis-/Disinformation
What are the lasting impacts of mis and disinformation during the occurrence of and directly following a disaster or emergency? In this article, Emma Curtis touches upon the disinformation present in the cycle of disaster, as well as the consequences of fake news and false reporting.