Topic: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security.
6. Deliberate upon the case of ‘infodemic’ of misinformation and cybercrime amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.(250 words)
Reference: Indian Express
Why this question:
The author highlights the fact that it is time for the digital leaders to flatten the curve of the infodemic. Thus the question.
Key demand of the question:
Explain what is an infodemic and how does it lead to misinformation and cybercrimes; illustrate using the present case of COVID-19.
Deliberate – Weigh up to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument by citing relevant research but also remember to point out any flaws and counter- arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you agree with the original proposition.
Structure of the answer:
Define what constitutes an ‘Infodemic’.
From selling fake coronavirus cures online to a cyber-attack on hospitals’ critical information systems, criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis.
Infodemics are an excessive amount of information about a problem, which makes it difficult to identify a solution. They can spread misinformation, disinformation and rumors during a health emergency. Infodemics can hamper an effective public health response and create confusion and distrust among people. Explain then the importance of awareness, role of media, cyber security etc.
Conclude that we are fighting an ‘infodemic’. Our common enemy is a virus, but our enemy is also a growing surge of misinformation. So to overcome this virus, we need to urgently promote facts and science. We also need to promote hope and solidarity over despair and division.