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April 2. Digital Engagement Series: How Democracies can Cope with a Pandemic| Developing Counternarratives to Disinformation

The world is confronted with a major global pandemic, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. Societies, regardless of their political and ideological orientation are trying to address fundamental challenges: loss of lives, economic downturn, behavioral changes. While this global effort is work-in-progress, the webinar tries to analyze how democracies can and do respond to the outbreak and why their solutions are, overall, better at dealing with major global crises. It all starts with truthful and credible information and creating counter-narratives to distortions, in the information flows.

How Democracies can Cope with a Pandemic: Developing Counternarratives to Disinformation
The webinar is meant to discuss lessons learned so far, present tools and methods of gathering and disseminating information via traditional and new media and through social networks and explore ways of educating the publics, to make sense of this overflow of information.

Speakers include professor Christos Frangonikolopoulos and associate professor Nikos Panagiotou. Mari Bohner of Firstdraft joined them in order to explore examples from different countries, noticeable trends and methods to develop alternative narratives and encourage a fact-based information flow.

This event is part of Digital Communication Network’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The series aims to engage digital communities globally, to promote accurate information, combat distortions, encourage responsible behavior, and discourage panic, support mitigation of a global pandemic, and avoid major societal disruptions.

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