Google will fund $1M to the projects that combat misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine

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.

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
Google will fund $1M to the projects that combat misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine
Google will fund $1M to the projects that combat misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine
  • 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.