Google with its Google News Initiative will fund up to $1M to the projects that combat misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Open Fund project.
Selected projects will be eligible for up to $1,000,000. “The fund does not seek to support initiatives that promote vaccination but rather to encourage those who provide fact-checking on the immunization process. While false information about COVID-19 has been globalized in an unprecedented way, its effects often fall disproportionately on specific populations,” the Google release explains.
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Google’s Open Fund project will fund the projects who fight with COVID-19 misinformation
The Open Fund seeks applications for projects that aim to reach populations that are generally underserved by fact-finding or disproportionately affected by misinformation.
Priority will be given to collaborative projects that are interdisciplinary in nature (i.e., involve journalists working alongside epidemiologists or immunologists) and have a clear impact framework.
Applications will be reviewed by a global Google team and the recipients will be chosen by a jury of misinformation and immunization experts from around the world. We leave you with the list of juries:
- Theresa Amobi, Senior Lecturer, University of Lagos
- Ludovic Blecher, Innovation Leader, Google News Initiative
- Renee DiResta, Technical Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observer
- Susannah Eliott, CEO, Australian Science Media Centre
- Gagandeep Kang, Leader of the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Christian Medical College
- Alexios Mantzarlis, News and Information Credibility Leader, Google
- Syed Nazakat, Founder & CEO, Data Leads
- Ifeoma Ozoma, Founder and Principal, Earthseed
- Baybars Örsek, Director, International Fact-Checking Network
- Andy Pattison, Digital Solutions Manager, World Health Organization
- Angela Pimenta, Director of Operations, Projor
- Amy Pisani, Executive Director, Vaccinate Your Family
- Yamil Velez, Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
- Brian Yau, Promotion & Engagement Leader, Vaccine Safety Net at WHO
To learn more about this initiative, visit this link.