Information disorder: lessons from the Global South

26 Apr 2022
26 Apr 2022
Professor Herman Wasserman
Professor Herman Wasserman

Date: Friday, 6 May 2022

Time: 15:30 to 16:30


PLATFORM: Microsoft Teams

The large-scale contamination of the public sphere by rumours, hate speech, dangerous conspiracy theories and orchestrated deception campaigns is causing widespread concern around the world. These ills are collectively referred to as 'information disorder'. The disorder results from a range of factors. They include a rapidly changing media ecology and an increasingly fractious, populist and polarised political environment. The surge in false information about the Covid-19 pandemic has increased these concerns.

Despite being a widespread problem in the Global South, the study of information disorder is dominated by examples, case studies and models from the Global North. This applies to the available knowledge about the range of responses and counter-interventions that have been put in place.

A new study, 'Meeting the Challenges of Information Disorder in the Global South' aims to fill this gap. This collaborative study, funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada and coordinated by Professor Herman Wasserman, provides, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of the organisations, activists and movements working across the Global South to counter information disorder.

This webinar will provide summaries of the main findings of the study, presented by members of the regional teams from Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and North African region who contributed to the report.

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