Information in the twenty-first century presents many new challenges. Thanks to the internet, information moves quickly around the world, and we can find information about any subject with the click of a button. However, lots of information today is false or misleading. The internet makes it easy to share knowledge, but it also makes it easy to spread confusion, fear, and anger. Many
people spread bad information intentionally (disinformation), and many others spread bad information accidentally (misinformation).
The COVID-19 pandemic is making this situation worse. Misinformation and disinformation about the virus are a threat to public health. They have led to more transmission, more death, and more divisions in society. Experts say we are not only living in a pandemic, but also an infodemic. This book is about the COVID-19 infodemic. It explains why bad information exists, how it spreads, and how we can fight it. It also shows how to avoid bad information online and find trustworthy information about COVID-19.
This book also explains how the pandemic and the infodemic relate to issues of discrimination and human rights. Across the world, COVID-19 has led to more discrimination related to race, nationality, religion, and other characteristics. All Canadians are responsible for protecting human rights and human health by fighting disinformation and discrimination online.