HNPW & GISF | Tackling Mis-Information and Dis-Information in Humanitarian Response
|19 May 2022
|2:30 pm — 4:00 pm CEST |8:30 am—10:00 am EDT
In February 2022, the Digital Humanitarian Network [DHN] supported by UN-OCHA published a report by Kristen Pear nans Andrej Verity Mis & Disinformation: Handling the 21st Century Challenge in the Humanitarian Sector. The report arrived at a conclusion that given the pervasiveness of mis and disinformation in several domains, there is reason to believe the humanitarian sector is highly susceptible to becoming a direct or indirect target on a regular basis. However, the spread of false and/or misleading information is not new. A brief peek into the twentieth century provides us with examples such as Joseph Goebbels’s machinery of Public Enlightenment. Today’s information ecosystem though, has drastically changed the ways in which mis and disinformation are produced, disseminated, and consumed and the intent behind their initiation. False information is also rampant, and collectively during Covid 19 a new term called an ‘infodemic’ was coined and evidence is showing that that distrust in traditional and digital news media leads to selective exposure to news which can break the chain of being informed.
This session will explore an understanding of what false, mis and disinformation are and how they have become more pervasive in several discourses, including humanitarianism. It will be framed on the key points from the UN-OCHA Report and investigate how social engineering is being utilised and what actions the humanitarian sector needs to take to mitigate risk.
Key Messages Impacting the Infodemic Phenomenon
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