2020 Lipson Lecture: Infodemic! Is Misinformation Killing Us?

­2020 Lipson Lecture

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Cow urine, bleach, and cocaine have all been recommended as COVID-19 cures —all nonsense. The pandemic has been cast as a leaked bioweapon, a byproduct of 5G wireless technology, and a political hoax —all poppycock. And countless wellness gurus and alternative-medicine practitioners have pushed unproven potions, pills, and practices as ways to “boost” the immune system. Misinformation is absolutely everywhere.

 

The coronavirus isn’t just a pandemic, it is an infodemic. It’s caused physical harm and financial loss; added confusion and distraction to an already chaotic environment; and made it even more difficult to implement the needed health policy initiatives.

 

How does this misinformation spread? Why do people believe it? What can we do as individuals and a community to fight back? Who can we trust?

 

On October 22nd at 5pm PST, Timothy Caulfield, professor of Health Law & Science Policy at the University of Alberta, and author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, will explore these questions and more as this year’s Lipson Lecture speaker. | Learn more about Timothy Caulfield

Thursday October 22, 2020 | 5pm PST |  Via Zoom

There is no cost to attend, although registration is required.

 

*Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the event.

This event is now sold out. If you would like to be added to a waitlist please email alumni@uvic.ca