On this #DFRLabCoffeeBreak, Aisha Abdool Karim, journalist at the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism joins DFRLab Research Assistant Tessa Knight. The two discuss South Africa’s reaction to and plan for dealing with COVID-19 as well as disinformation that can lead average South Africans astray.
South Africa has a history of dealing with pandemics and creating strong social movements around community health. However, a wave of disinformation has hit, fueled by both greed and a desire to end suffering caused by COVID-19. This has left many South Africans vulnerable and made proper treatment for more than just the coronavirus much more difficult.
The #DFRLabCoffeeBreak is a video series meant to discuss how disinformation and digital change affect industries, policy making, and society with a community of experts, academics, and leaders from around the world.
The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide.