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President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about the coronavirus at the White House. President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus, Washington, March 31, 2020 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).

Data, Disinformation and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Friday, April 3, 2020

In this week’s editors’ discussion on Trend Lines, WPR’s Judah Grunstein and Freddy Deknatel talk about the prominent role played by data in coverage of and reactions to the coronavirus pandemic. They also discuss the implications of inaccuracies—both intentional and unintentional—and disinformation in the crisis, as well as governments’ use of public diplomacy for strategic advantage.

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Relevant Articles on WPR:
Why China’s Coronavirus Data Should Be Viewed With Skepticism
Beware of China’s Coronavirus Propaganda
Trump Is Playacting at Leadership as the Coronavirus Surges in the U.S.
Internal Divisions, in Kabul and Within the Taliban, Hinder Afghan Peace Talks
Has the World Learned the Lessons of the 2015 Refugee Crisis?

Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

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