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Misinformation and Attitude Formation Among the Canadian Public
About this Webinar Series
The COPSS-NISS COVID-19 Data Science webinar series is co-organized by the Committee of the Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) and its five charter member societies (ASA, ENAR, IMS, SSC, and WNAR), as well as NISS. This bi-weekly seminar features the latest research that is positioned on the cusp of new understanding and analysis of COVID-19 pandemic data, and promotes data-driven research and decision making to combat COVID-19. Find out more about this series and view all the previous sessions on the Webinar Series page.
Information about masks, social distancing, vaccinations must reach and inform the mass public to help mitigate the deadly consequences of the pandemic. However, we are operating in an increasingly complex, fractured, and siloed information ecosystem where messages often don’t reach or influence their target populations. Understanding where and how Canadians get their information and form opinions is therefore critical. Aengus Bridgman will present consolidated findings from 3 papers on the role that political elites and social media play in attitude formation. Come to learn about how politicians have responded to COVID-19, how social media has contributed to misperceptions, and see unpublished findings on the ways in which the infodemic has infected Canadians.
Aengus Bridgman, McGill University
Aengus Bridgman is currently a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship and work with the Media Ecosystem Observatory. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Media Technology and Democracy, the Max Bell School for Public Policy and the Network Dynamics Lab.
Moderator / Session Organizer
Nathaniel Stevens, University of Waterloo
Xihong Lin (Chair) (IMS), Harvard University
Karen Bandeen-Roche (NISS), Johns Hopkins University
Chris Barker (ASA), Statistical Planning and Analysis Services, Inc
Gary Chan (WNAR), University of Washington
Rob Deardon (SSC), University of Calgary
Natalie Dean (COPSS), University of Florida
Debashree Ray (COPSS), Johns Hopkins University
Jie Peng (WNAR), University of California at Davis
Nathaniel Stevens (SSC), University of Waterloo
Elizabeth Stuart (ENAR), Johns Hopkins University
Ryan Tibshirani (IMS), Carnegie Mellon University
Lily Wang (ASA), Iowa State University
Lingzhou Xue (NISS), Pennsylvania State University
Lili Zhao (ENAR), University of Michigan
Glenn Johnson (Web Communications), NISS