Two experts, Sheldon Himelfarb and Dr Phil Howard, are set to launch an International Panel for the Information Environment (IPIE) to tackle misinformation.
A statement by Sydney Dennen of IPIE Press said the launch would take place at the Nobel Prize Summit commencing in Washington D.C. today.
“Misinformation is an existential crisis. From spreading false information on climate change, nearly provoking military confrontations, fueling COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy thereby causing thousands of needless deaths, and directly causing mob violence in France, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and around the globe, misinformation is poisoning our world.
“It’s a fundamental, global problem that impedes solutions to other global challenges like climate change, rising authoritarianism, and pandemics,” Dennen said.
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He said the IPIE would address “this existential threat” as data scientists, misinformation experts, tech leaders, anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, neuroscientists, journalists and humanitarian activists would be convened to offer solutions.