Social Media Reading List: Data, Mis/disinformation, and Policy & Regulation

Social media is a huge topic. There are infinite articles, videos, and other discussion on the subject – and it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve rounded up some great introductory reading to help you get acquainted with such a broad and fast moving conversation.

Use Excel to Model COVID-19

Ebrahim shows us how to create your own spreadsheet model of the COVID-19 virus spread.

Ethics and the Value of Lives

Take a look at the ethical questions raised by COVID-19 and its social consequences, questions not just about facts, but about how we should act.

Privacy and Civil Liberties

When is it acceptable to curtail individual liberties and infringe on others’ privacy in relation to the COVID-19 crisis? These are unusual times, but how much freedom can ordinary people be expected to give up? In some countries already there is the suspicion that the pandemic is acting as a convenient smokescreen while civil liberties are being eroded far beyond what is proportionate to the crisis.

Dhiresh & Makers4TheNHS

An interview with Dhiresh, who, at the age of 18, has spent his lockdown making face shields for NHS hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes, and other places in need of PPE.

COVID-19: Preventing Outbreaks

How do social, economic, historical and political factors intertwine with ecology to make ‘spillover’ (transfer of new viruses from animals to humans) increasingly likely, and can anything be done to prevent it?

COVID-19, Complex Problems, and ID

A big risk of talking about “problems” is that we leap to try to focus on “solutions” before we understand what the problems are and how they might be related.

The Language of COVID-19

The language used to describe COVID-19 is fascinating and important. The rhetoric and metaphors politicians and others use in speaking about it betray attitudes and assumptions. The new words and phrases which have been coined as a result of the pandemic and its social consequences are also worth examining.