Are We Really Living in an Infodemic? Deconstructing a Buzzword
About this video
Featuring Dr Chico Camargo, a Postdoctoral Researcher in Data Science, and Felix M. Simon, a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute.
Together, during this webinar they describe the main consequences of the uncritical adoption of the term ‘infodemic’ in the development of rigorous science on the topic, and further argue how the uncritical adoption of it in policymaking can do more harm than good. Highlighting the risk of terms such as ‘an infodemic crisis’ being used to validate authoritarian government politics.
About the Speakers
Dr Chico Camargo is an interdisciplinary researcher who develops and applies computational tools to study complex systems, collective human behaviour, public opinion dynamics and culture change.
Felix is a OII DPhil Student, a research assistant at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and a Fellow at Columbia University's Tow Center. As a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar he is researching AI in journalism and the news industry.