COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation
On Friday, March 5, 2021 Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) hosted a discussion on the consequences of mis- and disinformation during the pandemic, how the spread of false information impacts especially at-risk communities, and solutions for mitigating its spread.
The conversation was moderated by PHR Advisory Council Member Michael Posner, JD, founder and director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance, and professor of business and society at the NYU Stern School of Business.
Paul Barrett, JD is deputy director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. He has authored reports studying the origins and effects of online mis- and disinformation, including both domestic and Russian “fake news” campaigns, as well as disinformation’s impact on the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Daniel B. Fagbuyi, MD is an emergency physician who previously served as a biodefense and special medical advisor to the Obama administration, HHS, the CDC and the FDA. During the pandemic, he has been at the forefront of combating misinformation online. He is CEO of Erudition, LLC.
María Teresa Kumar, MA,Voto Latino’s founding president, is an American activist and social entrepreneur and an Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor working to counter disinformation in the Latinx community, particularly around voting and the COVID-19 pandemic.