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Influx of information proves infectious! In the digital age, news bombards us from all angles, so what does this mean for the conversation on this new global pandemic? Who are the people hit hardest by collateral inequities as a result of the pandemic? Take a look at the misinformation, digital inequity, and visual racism of COVID -19.
We take to social media for facts and feelings. Rani Molla with Vox says, “As the number of coronavirus infections continues to grow, so will our need to talk about it on social media. This is only the beginning of a very long public conversation.” (Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP via Getty Images)
Technology becomes even harder to live without in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic– but not everyone has home access to the digital world. Lauren Camera with U.S. News writes, “The mounting school closures amid the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. are exposing major equity gaps in access to technology and the internet…” (Photo by the Associated Press)
A picture is worth a thousand words. Our friends over at FreePress take an in-depth look at how images have been used across platforms today to talk about this newest global pandemic. “Images are powerful. And when combined with these headlines about the virus, they reinforce harmful and baseless stereotypes about Asian people and fuel racism and xenophobia,” writes Dayanita Ramesh. Always question the person behind the story— and in this case, the utterly racist headline images. (Image by FreePress)
Now for security, hackers use this moment to break in! Luu Quy with VNExpress says, “Hackers have attached malware to a file purporting to be the prime minister’s statement on the Covid-19 outbreak.” As the latest in the long line of Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) in Vietnam, the number of computers affected by APT rose. Careful of information on the internet! (Illustration photo by Pixabay)
Overall Mood Meme for this week is…
The Trump Administration consoling us, the public.
Resources and Guides
- Documenting During Internet Shutdowns (via WITNESS)
- Are Robots Racist? Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society (via Ruha Benjamin)
- Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction with Dr. Sanjar Gupta (via CNN)
- Coronavirus Resource Toolkit (via Equality Labs)
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