Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

December 14, 2020

According to the GLOBSEC Trends 2020 report, across Central and Eastern Europe, 34% believe that COVID-19 is a hoax designed to manipulate populations. With hundreds of deaths around the world occurring as a result of disinformation related to the coronavirus, the pandemic has demonstrated the...

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

September 18, 2020

For the past decade, I have been researching the impact of Islamophobia on social media. After the outbreak of COVID-19, I was commissioned, alongside my colleague Roxana Khan Williams, by the chair and independent members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to produce an evidenced-based...

No, 5G Didn’t Cause the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 11, 2020

What a strange, twisted time we’re all experiencing at the moment. It would be bad enough if all we had to contend with was a novel virus, a lockdown and a projected 12 to 18-month wait for a vaccine. Unfortunately, there are those among us who are indulging in the spread of...

Will We Ever Know the True Origin of COVID-19?

May 06, 2020

There has been much debate around the world about the source of the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from its origin in a laboratory or at Wuhan’s seafood market or some other form of animal-to-human transmission. While there is no proof (yet) that the virus may have been inadvertently released from...