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COVID-19: Mitigating disinformation?

Tags: 'Audrey Tang' 'Coronavirus' 'Covid-19' 'Digital Inclusion' 'Digital innovation' 'Digital Skills' 'Radical transparency' 'Social innovation' 'Taiwan'


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When communication is inadequate, public trust and confidence tend to weaken. During the coronavirus crisis, many politicians have failed to deliver a clear message, which creates an environment for misinformation to spread.

Through rapid response, collaborative journalism and fact-checking, Taiwan has kept misinformation under control during these difficult times. In fact, Taiwan is one of world’s most progressive digital democracies and its emphasis on radical transparency even lead to the rapid development of a new app to mitigate social anxiety and panic around local face mask supply.