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How to Fight the Global Security Threat of Disinformation
The proliferation and increasing prominence of misinformation, pseudoscience, and conspiracy theories in our daily lives and in political discourse represent one of the biggest threats to humanity in the 21st century. Individuals, groups, and leaders rely on information to make decisions and shape policy, but if it becomes increasingly difficult to discern what information is true—or how we even know it's true—then it hampers every major decision we make. I'll discuss what drives disinformation and conspiracy theories, why they pose such a threat, how we can know what's true, and how to fight disinformation.

May 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Tara Haelle
Freelance Science Journalist
Tara Haelle is a freelance science journalist who specializes in writing about vaccines, public health, disparities, misinformation, and medical research. Her work appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, NPR, Scientific American, Elemental, O Magazine, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. She authored the Kirkus-starred 2018 young adult nonfiction book Vaccination Investigation: The History and Science of Vaccines and frequently speaks on vaccine hesitancy, including a TEDx Oslo talk on why parents fear vaccines. She recently served on an NIH panel to develop COVID-19 Vaccination Communication recommendations. She cowrote The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Guide to the First Four Years with science journalist Emily Willingham and authored a dozen children’s science books. As the Medical Studies Core Topic Leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists, she creates resources and training for journalists reporting on medical research.