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

Jevin West

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.

Kate Starbird

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

Porismita Borah

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.

Mike Caulfield

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).


Hanson Hosein

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.

Rodger Caudill

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.

Frost Keaton

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

Technical Director

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).