Are pandemics caused by lack of good information?

The International Telecommunications Society is hosting a webinar on May 11, 2021 at 9:00am (Eastern) addressing Information Problems During the Pandemic.

The abstract for the webinar asks us to consider the following:

COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The COVID-19 pandemic is caused by a lack of good information.

A pandemic is essentially an information problem, and if we solve the information problem, we can defeat the virus. Pandemics may be unpredictable, but they can be planned for.

This webinar will compare pandemic-induced economic crises to past recessions, map the phases of the pandemic economy and the information needed to enable economic recovery, discuss digital communication strategies, and describe the role of telecommunications in supporting testing, contact tracing, and other public health responses.

Joshua Gans, professor of Strategic Management and holder of the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management will be the speaker. Dr. Gans is also Chief Economist of the University’s Creative Destruction Lab.

It promises to be an interesting and very different way to examine the issues we face globally.

Mark the time on your calendars: May 11, 2021 from 9:00 – 10:00 Eastern Time and book your place, today. Registration is free.

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