There has been a great deal of confusion in the area of supposed disinformation on Covid-19.
Big Tech, government and public health officials worked to censor and discredit some factually accurate information as if it were “disinformation,” while promoting some inaccurate information. A funding group called Mercury Project says it plans to attack what it claims to be misinformation, but doesn’t address the misinformation that came from, or comes from, these official sources such as CDC and Big Tech.
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The following is an excerpt from The Vaccine Reaction.
The Mercury Project, a global consortium of researchers dedicated to “combating the impacts of mis- and disinformation on public health,” is being sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of Brooklyn, New York.
SSRC announced on Aug. 23, 2022 that it will provide $7.2 million in grant funding teams doing behavioral research aimed at better understanding “how health mis- and disinformation spreads, how to combat it, and how to build stronger information systems,” for the purpose of using this knowledge to develop strategies—”locally tailored solutions”—to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates.
Money distributed as part of The Mercury Project will be given to 12 research teams working in the United States and 16 other countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Côte D’Ivoire, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
“With Covid-19 prevalent and rapidly evolving everywhere, there is a pressing need to identify interventions with the potential to increase vaccination take-up,” said SSRC president Anna Harvey. “Vaccines are only effective if they become vaccinations; vaccines are a scientific marvel but their potential is unfulfilled if they are left on the shelf.”
Each of the teams participating in The Mercury Project will receive more than $600,000 to conduct research topics such as “Combatting health misinformation with community-crafted messaging: Developing a scalable community-driven approach in Latin America and the United States.”
The teams will also research how to "harness influencers to counter misinformation and censor dissenting viewpoints on social media through network-transforming interventions for reducing the spread of health misinformation online."
A primary focus of the research will be children. According to the Rockefeller Foundation, the research will enable “literacy training for secondary school students in partnership with local authorities to help students identify Covid-19 vaccine misinformation."
Funding donations for The Mercury Project currently stands at 10.25 million.
The primary donor is the Rockefeller Foundation, which gave $7.5 million to the program in September 2021 to help cover the costs of “launching a research consortium to drive acceptance and uptake of Covid-19 vaccination efforts and provide insights to counter health mis- and dis- information” through Aug. 31, 2024.
The remaining funds for The Mercury Project were provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($2 million), Craig Newmark Philanthropies ($500,000) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ($250,000).
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