Please join the Atlantic Council for a virtual town hall on the impacts of the coronavirus “infodemic” on public trust and institutions.

This event, hosted by the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative, Digital Forensic Research Lab, and Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, will take place online from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (EST) on Monday, March 16, 2020.

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Opening remarks

Mr. Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Panel discussion featuring

Mr. Thomas P. Bossert
US Homeland Security Advisor (2017-2018)
The White House;
Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Mr. Richard Edelman
Vice Chair
Atlantic Council

Ms. Sara Fischer
Media Reporter

Ms. Lisa Ross
Chief Operating Officer
Edelman US;
Edelman Washington DC

Moderated by

Mr. Graham Brookie
Director and Managing Editor, Digital Forensic Research Lab
Atlantic Council

As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus exceeds 120,000 worldwide, individuals and communities are increasingly required to make judgments about the trustworthiness of institutions and information. The Director General of the World Health Organization recently proclaimed, “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.” There is a reason the term viral applies to both. False information about pandemic threats spreads faster than the health risk, creating confusion and panic and making it harder to mount a public health response.

This is an immediate stress test in the collective effort including government, media, and private industry to build resilience against active disinformation and passive misinformation. Human lives hang in the balance. Yet, while major societal institutions should be enjoying high levels of trust, the Edelman Trust Barometer 2020 survey shows that no institution is trusted.

How can individuals access, verify, and act on trustworthy information about the coronavirus outbreak? How are non-epidemiological considerations—including geopolitics and geoeconomics—continuing to shape the response to this potential pandemic? What should governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and the media be doing to inform and earn the trust of the publics they are seeking to protect?

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