Nat Gyenes is a researcher who focuses on the intersection of the internet and public health. She leads the Digital Health Lab at Meedan, a technology nonprofit, and studies health and technology as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Gyenes has looked at how epidemics, prolonged public health challenges and digital health misinformation affect societies. She co-wrote an article for The Atlantic which explains the growing challenge of digital health misinformation and how falsehoods online fueled the spread of tooth decay, Ebola and measles.
She was quoted by NBC News urging public health authorities to use social media to address health rumors and myths that circulate online. And she told CNBC that health misinformation online can reduce compliance with health treatments and prevention efforts.
Expertise: health systems, access to information, science communications, technology, misinformation, public health
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Last Updated: March 16, 2020