Information pollution in pandemic times: some insights from socio-technical research
The “coronavirus pandemic” struck the world in a really distinctive way, leading to an unstable and uncertain situation, affecting individuals, communities and many societies alike. In this context, and with cyberspace being increasingly used to support health-related decision making and to market health products, potentially harmful behaviours have been carried out by individuals propagating non-science-based health (mis/dis)information and conspiratorial thinking. This presentation focuses on some recent studies carried out by the presenter over the past two years, shedding light on these potentially dangerous social practices, and conceptualizing them in the broader context of technology-facilitated social harms.
Professor Anita Lavorgna
Associate Professor of Criminology
University of Southampton