INACCURATE AND MISLEADING
INFORMATION ABOUT BIOLOGICAL THREATS
IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Committee on Addressing Inaccurate and Misleading Information about
Biological Threats through Scientific Collaboration and Communication
Board on Life Sciences
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Human-Systems Integration
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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COMMITTEE ON ADDRESSING INACCURATE AND MISLEADING INFORMATION ABOUT BIOLOGICAL THREATS THROUGH SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION
DIETRAM A. SCHEUFELE (Co-Chair), Taylor-Bascom Chair and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison
ABHI VEERAKUMARASIVAM (Co-Chair), Dean and Professor, Sunway University
DAVID B. ALLISON, Dean, Distinguished Professor, and Provost Professor, Indiana University Bloomington
SONIA BEN OUAGRHAM-GORMLEY, Associate Professor, George Mason University
CHAI LAY CHING, Senior Lecturer, Centre of Research Services, University of Malaysia
GIOVANNI LUCA CIAMPAGLIA, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
JEANNE MARIE FAIR, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
LE THI THU HIEN, Associate Professor, Deputy Director, Institute of Genome Research, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
PAMELA J. HINDS, Fortinet Founders Chair and Professor, Stanford University
SHIRLEY S. HO, Professor, Nanyang Technological University
REBECCA L. MORITZ, Biosafety Director, Colorado State University
WIBOOL PIYAWATTANAMETHA, Professor, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
GAVIN SMITH, Programme Director (Interim) and Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore (until December 2021)
HERAWATI SUDOYO, Indonesia Academy of Sciences
SEEMA YASMIN, Director, Stanford Health Communication Initiative; Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University Department of Medicine; and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management
KAVITA M. BERGER, Study Co-Director; Board Director, Board on Life Sciences
JENELL WALSH-THOMAS, Study Co-Director (until February 2022); Program Officer, Board on Human-Systems Integration
JESSICA DE MOUY, Research Associate, Board on Life Sciences
DAISHA WALSTON, Program Assistant, Board on Life Sciences
SELAM ARAIA, Senior Program Assistant (until November 2021), Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics
ANDREA HODGSON, Study Director (until June 2021), Senior Program Officer, Board on Life Sciences
TOBY WARDEN, Board Director (until June 2021), Board on Human-Systems Integration
KOSSANA YOUNG, Senior Program Assistant (until June 2021), Board on Life Sciences
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ADDRESSING INACCURATE AND MISLEADING INFORMATION ABOUT BIOLOGICAL THREATS THROUGH SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Building a Trusted Scientific Network: The Strategy
Compounding Threats of False Information and Infectious Diseases and Other Biological Threats
Scientists as Part of the Solution
Strategy of the Trusted Network of Scientists
Network Structures Considered in the Study
Interventions Against Inaccurate and Misleading Information: What We Know and What We Do Not Know
Determining Whether and How to Address Misinformation Claims
Understanding Uncertainty in Correcting Inaccurate and Misleading Information
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Boxes and Figures
2 Values and Characteristics of the Trusted Scientific Network
3 National Academies’ Reports on Science Communication
1 Illustration of recommended strategy, vision, and tactics for the trusted scientific network
2 Questions for scientists when determining communication approaches with various stakeholders including scientists, policymakers, journalists, and members of the public as they work toward a greater understanding of accurate, evidence-supported scientific information
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