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COVID-19 Infodemic: Push and Pull factors
As the corona pandemic starts to retreat and countries are starting to open their economies, false stories, hoaxes and manipulative stories related to COVID-19 are spreading like wildfire. Viral videos, claims of dark conspiracies and promises of miraculous treatments reach the all-time high. While some hoped that the global pandemic would increase the trust in facts and science, the opposite seems to be happening right before our eyes.

• What are the main push and pull factors driving the spread of such false theories and narratives?
• What are the vulnerable spots in our societies and how to close them?
• Is there any coordination between state and non-state actors?
• How should the EU and its member states protect their citizens from the information viruses?
• What impact would the infodemic have on the new EU digital services directive, if any?

Speakers:
Naja Bentzen, Policy Analyst, European Parliament Research Service, Brussels
Naďa Kovalčíková, Program Manager, Alliance for Securing Democracy, GMF, Brussels
Peter Kreko, Director, Political Capital Institute, Budapest

Moderator:
Miroslava Sawiris, Research Fellow, Democracy & Resilience Programme, GLOBSEC

May 28, 2020 10:00 AM in Paris

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