The Covid-19 pandemic gives rise to many fears and concerns. Much false information has been born on this fertile ground in recent months. So-called miracle drugs have brought thousands of people to the hospital, while conspiracies are mentioned, especially in connection with vaccines or the pharmaceutical industry. To deal with this misinformation, which is preventing an effective fight against the disease, the WHO has decided to take action.
The WHO also relies on artificial intelligence
It just announced a partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, which manages Wikipedia. The advanced goal is to provide the public with the latest and most reliable information about covid-19. To this end, the international organization will make many infographics, videos and other public health resources available on Wikimedia Commons, the digital open access library.
These resources will enable contributors to the online encyclopedia to complete and supplement the many articles that have already been written on the subject. The WHO counted more than 5,200 people written in 175 languages. It should also be noted that these documents are under a Creative Commons license. They can therefore be freely shared by anyone else.
In a press release, Katherine Maher, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation said: “ This becomes even more important in times of global health crisis, where information can have life-changing consequences. All institutions, from governments to international health authorities, from scientific institutions to Wikipedia, must do their part to ensure that everyone has equitable and reliable access to knowledge about public health, regardless of where they live or what language they speak. “”
Since the beginning of the health crisis, WHO has been fighting disinformation in its own way. In particular, we spoke to you about this initiative, which aims to analyze conversations related to the coronavirus on social networks. A total of 1.6 million publications are digitized every week. They are then checked by a machine learning algorithm that identifies the main topics of the moment. The organization can then focus its communication on these issues and bring its version of the facts into the public debate.