Our deadliest enemies are the ones we cannot see – viruses or bacteria that lurk and mutate, and grow in resistance, until they become an unstoppable pandemic. This year four interns will work alongside the Tech Samurais company to produce key communication tools that will make effective interventions into the Canadian and global conversation about pandemics. Tech Samurais will be providing access to an unparalleled content library, featuring film from the frontlines of the fight against Ebola, polio and measles. Interns will conduct research on information flows and work with Tech Samurais to use this content to build knowledge mobilization tools, a newsgame and a social media strategy that will form the basis of a multimedia site. The project will bring public attention to the global issue of pandemics and will be one of the first in Canada to use innovative new media techniques to change the way we talk about the threat of communicable diseases.
Abraham Rami Katz, Alberto Almeida, Sean Wachtel, Mike Lakusiak
Epidemiology / Public health and policy
Information and communications technologies
University of British Columbia
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