November 2, 2021

EP. 237 — What’s The Cure For Vaccine Misinformation? with Dr. Kolina Koltai

Chances are, you’ve been exposed to vaccine misinformation. And you could be at risk of believing it. This week, Dr. Kolina Koltai joins Jonathan to explore how vaccine misinformation travels online, why it’s so dangerous, and how you can stop it from spreading.

Dr. Kolina Koltai is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the anti-vaccine community’s use of sociotechnical systems to find, share, and assess vaccine misinformation. She received her PhD in 2020 in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

You can follow her on Twitter @kolinakoltai.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Kolina Koltai JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness, and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Kolina Koltai, where I ask her: What do we do about all this vaccine misinformation?! Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I am so excited for this guest, I’m so excited for this topic, even though it is, like, one of the more upsetting things of our time. But we’re going to kind of put an interesting spin on it, as we so often do. Welcome to the show, Kolina Koltai, who is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. She researches how people make decisions and form opinions based on what they see on social networking sites and in digital communities. You guys, if you need to, like, pause that, rewind it and lis

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