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RANE Insights on COVID-19: What Makes Conspiracy Theories Go Viral

Jun 26, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
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In this Episode of the RANE Insights podcast series, RANE Founder and Chief Collaborative Officer David Lawrence convenes a roundtable of experts to discuss the origin, virality and consistency of conspiracy theories.

As the COVID-19 virus has proliferated across the globe, so, too, has the spread of conspiracy theories purporting to explain the virus's creation and purpose, ranging from theories about Bill Gates to the virus being a U.S. bioweapon. Amid an environment filled with mistrust and uncertainty, the pandemic has provided a perfect breeding ground that enables niche conspiracies to circulate rapidly and even move into the mainstream, which is resulting in behavioral changes putting health and safety at risk around the world. RANE experts will share their insights on why conspiracy theories go viral amid a pandemic, and on how to formulate corporate responses that can stem the spread of disinformation.

Guests: David Broniatowski, Director of the Decision Making and Systems Architecture Laboratory, George Washington University; Robert Ludke | Senior Consultant, ENODO; Dr. Scott Shumate, Founder of Valutare; Matthew Siegel, CMO and Head of Global Client Group, Aperture Investors.

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