It is almost five years since the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” its word of the year. Since then, the onslaught of fake news, misinformation, and conspiracy theorising have not only remained unrelenting, the problem has grown worse.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, a maturing environment and practice of misinformation has found its ideal host, a virus within a virus. The practice of misinformation during the pandemic has added to existing political divisions in numerous nations and become as much about politics as it is about science.
While vaccines are in the pipeline for COVID-19 itself, discussion is needed in how to tackle the virus of disinformation. The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite to a discussion with Damian Collins MP and Nina Jankowicz to elaborate on the misinformation trends seen on both sides of the Atlantic.