8 episodes

The Batsapp Project chronicles the human experience of online misinformation during the 2018 Nipah outbreak. While online misinformation has now permeated our lives, the Nipah response is a positive story of how the individuals, communities and institutions most affected by misinformation came together to fight it. This series is set in the picturesque Indian state of Kerala, whose public health establishment received global acclaim for its management of the deadly Nipah outbreak. We also talk to international experts about the ways in which our mind processes misinformation and what this means for risk communication during outbreaks.

The Batsapp Project Santosh Vijaykumar

    • Social Sciences

The Batsapp Project chronicles the human experience of online misinformation during the 2018 Nipah outbreak. While online misinformation has now permeated our lives, the Nipah response is a positive story of how the individuals, communities and institutions most affected by misinformation came together to fight it. This series is set in the picturesque Indian state of Kerala, whose public health establishment received global acclaim for its management of the deadly Nipah outbreak. We also talk to international experts about the ways in which our mind processes misinformation and what this means for risk communication during outbreaks.

    The Batsapp Project Episode 1: Flying Foxes

    The Batsapp Project Episode 1: Flying Foxes

    A mysterious virus is consuming human lives in northern Kerala. Fear, panic and uncertainty start sowing the seeds of misinformation among the communities.

    • 15 min
    The Batsapp Project Episode 2: Rumourama

    The Batsapp Project Episode 2: Rumourama

    Online misinformation in now flying around in various forms, threatening to derail the Nipah response. Quick and nimble coordinated responses start emerging.

    • 22 min
    The Batsapp Project Episode 3: Flattening Misinfodemics

    The Batsapp Project Episode 3: Flattening Misinfodemics

    Experts tell us about how misinformation plays into our psychological instincts and how news and data literacy can help us build misinformation resilient societies.

    • 33 min
    The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Dr. Devadasan

    The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Dr. Devadasan

    Dr. Devadasan, Director of the Institute of Public Health in Bengaluru reflects on Kerala’s communication management during Nipah and implications for risk communication.

    • 10 min
    The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Prof. Patricia Schlagenhauf

    The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Prof. Patricia Schlagenhauf

    SummaryProf. Patricia Schlagenhauf from the University of Zurich tells us about how travellers are affected by social media misinformation during outbreaks. TeamExecutive Producer & Principal Investigator: Santosh VijaykumarPodcast Producer (Special Features): Aarti SahasranamanGraphic Designer: Swati SharmaMusic Credits"Seven Wonders" by Ziv Moran (Source: Artlist.io, License: 791652)

    • 4 min
    The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Dr. Gaya Gamhewage

    The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Dr. Gaya Gamhewage

    Dr. Gaya Gamhewage, Head of Learning at the World Health Organisation talks about how social media disturbs the trust equlibrium during disease outbreaks.

    • 3 min

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