The Infodemic

By Joel Simon and Robert Mahoney

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Added June 15, 2022

An inside look at how the governments of Iran, Russia, India, Egypt, Brazil, India and the US used COVID as a pretense to undermine freedom The Infodemic lays bare the mechanisms of modern censorship and shows how they were used to undermine the response to the greatest global pandemic in a century. Beginning in China, the book charts the onslaught of COVID censorship through Iran, Russia, India, Egypt, Brazil, India and inside the Trump White House. Modern censors not only restrict the flow of information but also open the floodgates to overwhelm the public with lies and half truths. Increased surveillance in the name of public health, the collapse of public trust in institutions, and the demise of local news reporting, help governments hijack the flow of information and usurp power. The Infodemic shows how, under the cover of COVID, governments have undermined freedom and taken control. This new global political order may be the legacy of the disease.

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