Surviving the Coronavirus Infodemic:
UW & WSU present a statewide conversation on healthy digital practices
Thursday, April 9, 2020
COVID-19 is more than just a physical illness — inaccurate and incomplete information spreads just as rapidly around the globe, complicating efforts to contain the virus and keep communities safe and healthy.
Join experts from the University of Washington and Washington State University for a livestream summit addressing coronavirus misinformation. Panelists share tools and tips for concerned citizens to cut through the confusion and build healthier information practices.
Media and government websites where you can go for trustworthy information about the coronavirus pandemic.
University of Washington
Director, CIP | Associate Professor, Information School
Jevin West is an associate professor at UW’s Information School and the inaugural director of the new Center for an Informed Public (CIP). He is a co-founder of the DataLab, the nexus for research on data science and analytics. Currently, his research focuses on misinformation, specifically in and about science.
Associate Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Kate Starbird’s research focuses on human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics, the study of how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events. More recently, she has begun to focus on disinformation and other forms of strategic information operations online.
Washington State University
Associate Professor, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Porismita Borah is an associate professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Porismita’s main areas of research interest are emerging technology in the context of politics and health. Currently, she is working on projects related to misinformation, elections 2020, mobile health and wearable technology.
Director, Blended and Networked Learning
Mike Caulfield is a digital literacy expert leading blended and networked learning at WSU Vancouver. He focuses on how online communities and open resources can make students and citizens more informed and engaged. His work has been covered by NPR, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Times (of London).
Co-director, University of Washington Communication Leadership
Hanson Hosein is the co-director of the Communication Leadership program at UW and the president of HRH Media Group, a communications strategy and content production agency that has worked with organizations ranging from Microsoft to the European Commission. He’s an Emmy- and Overseas Press Club-winner whose work has been streamed and broadcast worldwide.
Carissa Chang Cress
Co-Event Producer | Project Management & Content Development
Carissa Chang Cress oversees strategic communication and event efforts, particularly on issues of access and equity. She currently works for the Office of Diversity and Engagement at the University of California Office of the President. She’s also a master’s student in the Communication Leadership program at the UW.
Event Outreach & Platform Support
Rodger Caudill is a Communication Leadership graduate student in his final year. He works with the CIP overseeing Thoughtexchange and assisting with event outreach/coordination. Prior to the CIP, Caudill has worked creating digital communities in virtual reality, gaming and the physical spaces of competitive rock climbing.
Co-Event Producer | Digital Communication Strategy & Interactive Design
Frost Keaton has led digital programs for companies such as T-Mobile, American Express and Microsoft in addition to overseeing event management at global corporate conferences. Lately, he has run innovative local community town halls while pursuing a Master of Communication in Digital Media and Communities & Networks.
Richard McLean is a multi-camera live streaming producer and director based in Seattle, Washington. He is currently a graduate student in the Communication Leadership program.
Additional event production support from UW’s Communication Leadership Master’s Program, including Alex Stonehill (Creative Strategy), Sidney Gaines (Design), Jacqueline Chang (Crisis Communications), and Kristin Anderson (Outreach).