WENDY HUI KYONG CHUN, AMANDA CLARKE, MATTHEW HERDER, HOWARD RAMOS AND JULIA M. WRIGHT
CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Like many other countries, Canada has been wrestling with a chaotic information ecosystem that amplifies misinformation and disinformation for some time. This chaos contributes to the corrosion of trust in traditional voices of authority and expertise. The occupations at borders and in Ottawa are another example of the disruptive effects of what the WHO calls an infodemic, an onslaught of poor and incorrect content that interferes with public health responses and so makes the pandemic even more dangerous.