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The proliferation of smart devices including healthcare devices means the health system is vulnerable to cyber attacks. The Conversation US | Motion Array

Video: The coronavirus pandemic lays bare a host of cyber issues

The coronavirus pandemic lays bare the many vulnerabilities created by society’s dependence on the internet. Watch the video to learn more about these issues.
Followers of the QAnon movement, shown here at a 2018 rally in Pennsylvania for President Donald Trump, use social platforms to spread conspiracy theories. False information from the QAnon community about the coronavirus pandemic is a public health hazard. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

QAnon conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic are a public health threat

QAnon refers to the online community that believes in conspiracy theories about Donald Trump and the so-called deep state, and is spreading harmful misinformation about COVID-19.
When you share information online, do it responsibly. Sitthiphong/Getty Images

10 ways to spot online misinformation

Here's what to watch out for, so you can protect yourself – and your social circles – from lies, half-truths and misleading spins on current events.
The pandemic is increasing society’s reliance on digital connections. MR.Cole_Photographer/Moment via Getty Images

Society’s dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare

Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.
FOX News host Sean Hannity (pictured here in 2018) gave credibility to a tweet he read out lout on his popular syndicated radio show, which called COVID-19 a fraud “to spread panic in the populace, manipulate the economy and suppress dissent.” AP/Julie Jacobson

Coronavirus ‘cures’ for $170 and other hoaxes: Why some people believe them

Why have conspiracy theories so easily circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic? What do these theories tell us about societies and what challenges do they present?
On the internet, anyone can express their views, like they can in Speakers’ Corner in London – it’s up to the audience to guard against disinformation. J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The battle against disinformation is global

A scholar who has reviewed the efforts of nations around the world to protect their citizens from foreign interference says there is no magic solution, but there's plenty to learn and do.
How can you tell the news from the noise? pathdoc/Shutterstock.com

4 ways to protect yourself from disinformation

As the 2020 elections near and disinformation campaigns ramp up, an expert on media literacy offers advice you can use to develop habits to exert more conscious control over your news intake.
A targeted, coordinated online campaign has tried to mislead the public. While the myths have been debunked, the culpable parties remain unknown. SEAN DAVEY/AAP

Bushfires, bots and arson claims: Australia flung in the global disinformation spotlight

We found about 300 suspicious Twitter accounts, which we suspect included a high proportion of bots and trolls pushing the #ArsonEmergency narrative.
What people read online could really disrupt society and politics. igorstevanovic/Shutterstock.com

How disinformation could sway the 2020 election

The Russians won’t be alone in spreading disinformation in 2020. Their most likely imitator will be Iran. Also, Instagram could get even more infected with intentional misinformation than it has been.
A recent study has found that many Obama supporters didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US election because of the spread of fake news. Chris Kleponis/AAP

Governments are making fake news a crime – but it could stifle free speech

Human rights activists, legal experts and others fear these laws have the potential to be misused to stifle free speech or unintentionally block legitimate online posts and websites.
Digital literacy movements require collaboration between the government, social media platforms and the public. www.shutterstock.com

Combating disinformation in Indonesia

Collaborations between the government, communities, and social media platforms are essential to establish a successful national digital literacy movement

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