Infotagion has been created in response to the information contagion about COVID-19. In a public health crisis the disinformation we see everyday about this deadly virus can spread just as far and fast as the real thing. Yet this can also harm you and those that you love. That’s why we have to fight back. Much of this disinformation exists in private channels that very many people have access to, but not everyone can see. So we need you to share with us the things that don’t look right, we will check the facts, and give you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Our Fact Checking Methodology
COVID-19 is a serious virus and people who share information about it need to back up what they say. At Infotagion we check the facts in the messages people send through social media, against independent, trusted and official sources, like public health services and the World Health Organisation (WHO). If the key claims made within the messages we see are false or can’t be proven, we will warn you not to share them. COVID-19 is too important to take risks with unreliable information.
Who’s Behind Infotagion?
Infotagion: Covid-19 is an organisation created by Damian Collins MP, former Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, who also led the inquiries on disinformation and fake news, David Sefton, a venture capital investor and public company director with longstanding technology experience, and the executive team of Iconic Labs Plc, John Quinlan, Liam Harrington and Samuel Regan Asante, who before previously created UNILAD, then the world’s largest social media publisher. Branding and design was provided by Chris Gunn and Tom Love founders of LoveGunn, the award-winning design agency.
All costs incurred to date have been incurred by these persons.
Supporters Of Infotagion
Damian Collins MP
Former Chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee @DamianCollins
Lord David Puttnam
Chair of the House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Select Committee @DPuttnam
Baroness Beeban Kidron
Chair of the 5Rights Foundation @5RightsFound
John Nicolson MP
Scottish National Party (SNP) spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and member of the DCMS Select Committee @MrJohnNicolson
Stewart M McDonald MP
SNP spokesperson for Defence and member of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee @StewartMcDonald
Director of the Digital Innovation & Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund of the USA, former US Ambassador to the OECD @karenkornbluh
Charlie Angus MP
House of Commons of Canada, member of the standing committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics @CharlieAngusNDP
Dr Phillip Lee
Former MP and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Health @DrPhillipLee
Jo Stevens MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central and member of the DCMS select committee @JoStevensLabour
CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) which provides digital analysis and education programmes on online hate and disinformation @ISDglobal
Dr Shashi Jayakumar
Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore @ShashiJayakumar
Professor Philip Howard
Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford @oiioxford
CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate @imi_ahmed
Executive Director, Reset @resetdottech
James Lawless TD
Member of Dáil Éireann and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Science and Technology @lawlessj
CEO of Digital Content Next @jason_kint
Author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism @shoshanazuboff
Nate Erskine-Smith MP
House of Commons of Canada, member of the standing committee on Industry, Science and Technology @beynate
We defy convention to create. @iconiclabsuk
An award-winning branding and design agency transforming customers into your biggest fans. @LoveGunnStudio