It's Time to Protect Expert Advice

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Expert Opinion, Research, Canada, Public Engagement


Like many other countries, Canada has been wrestling with a chaotic information ecosystem that amplifies misinformation and disinformation for some time. This chaos contributes to the corrosion of trust in traditional voices of authority and expertise. The occupations at borders and in Ottawa are another example of the disruptive effects of what the WHO calls an infodemic, an onslaught of poor and incorrect content that interferes with public health responses and so makes the pandemic even more dangerous.

Targeted threats to researchers both drive and result from this infodemic, and it’s time we as a country addressed this specific issue head on.