COVID-19

Health scares and disease outbreaks have been accompanied by misinformation narratives throughout history, and the outbreak of novel coronavirus in late 2019 is no exception. This research topic explores intersections between misinformation, science, fear, and public health.

Live Research Reviews

The pandemic moment has unleashed contagions of stigmatization and health misinformation, compounding the adverse health and socioeconomic effects of Covid-19 on marginalized communities. In this Live Research Review, Jonathan Corpus Ong discusses emerging findings on racially targeted disinformation and opportunistic legislation.

The collision between a global pandemic and a world with global connectivity may be unprecedented, but scientists have a long tradition of trying to understand how societies respond to crisis. This research review examines the intersections of misinformation and public health, and explores how humans make sense of emergencies.

Teaching & Learning

Explore course modules, handouts, teaching tools and syllabi about dis- and misinformation.

Latest News on COVID-19

In the past week, we’ve seen the CDC pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and new cases among the vaccinated in Michigan — coming together to paint a somewhat bleak picture of the state-of-our-vaccines. Or so it might seem. In the latest edition of our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbooks, we examine the fuzzy math […]

Catherine didn’t have much to do with mainstream medicine. Social media pushed her down a rabbit hole – but also dragged her back out again. Catherine’s family believed in alternative medicine and she grew up in relatively poor, fringe communities that didn’t have much to do with mainstream science or Britain’s national health system. And […]

In March, Twitter put its foot down: users who repeatedly spread false information about COVID-19 vaccines will have their accounts suspended or shut down. It was a new front in a high-stakes battle over misinformation that could help to determine how many people get vaccinated, and how swiftly the pandemic ends. The battle is also […]

The exponential increase in demand for and dissemination of information about COVID‐19 means the pandemic has been accompanied by an ‘infodemic’. This overabundance of accurate and inaccurate information is not limited to scientific or policy publications but threatens to overwhelm news and social media outlets. As noted by Eysenbach, the price of freedom of speech […]

The conference of Politics and Computational Social Science (PaCSS) will take place virtually during the week of August 19-13, 2021. Panels will take place between 11 am-3 pm ET. We invite submissions from all fields and industries. Please email politics.css@gmail.com with any questions. **Submissions are due by Friday, May 21** For the full call, see: […]

Featured Scholars

Director, Research and Knowledge Dissemination, The Jed Foundation