Around the World in 500 Days of Pandemic Misinformation

Note: Presentation times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Tuesday, February 01, 2022 - 9:45 am10:15 am

Patrick Gage Kelley, Google


The Covid-19 pandemic has given us a unique opportunity to investigate how misinformation narratives spread and evolve around the world. Throughout 2020 and 2021, we conducted regular surveys of over 50 thousand people from a dozen countries about their self-reported exposure to pandemic-related misinformation and their belief in those narratives. This large scale, longitudinal measurement provides a unique lens to understand how misinformation narratives resonate throughout the world, how the belief in these narratives evolves over time, and how ultimately misinformation affects personal health decisions such as vaccination. In this talk, we will share the key insights gleaned throughout this study that in turn help inform efforts to fight multiple types of misinformation.

Patrick Gage Kelley, Google

Patrick Gage Kelley is a Trust & Safety researcher at Google focusing on questions of security, privacy, and anti-abuse. He has worked on projects on the use and design of standardized, user-friendly privacy displays, passwords, location-sharing, mobile apps, encryption, and technology ethics. Patrick’s work on redesigning privacy policies in the style of nutrition labels was included in the 2009 Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers event on Capitol Hill. Most recently, Apple and Google revived this work with their App Privacy Labels. Previously, he was a professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico and faculty at the UNM ARTSLab and received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University working with the Mobile Commerce Lab and the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Lab. He was an early researcher at Wombat Security Technologies, now a part of Proofpoint, and has also been at NYU, Intel Labs, and the National Security Agency.
@conference {277404,
author = {Patrick Gage Kelley},
title = {Around the World in 500 Days of Pandemic Misinformation},
year = {2022},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = feb,