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How to deal with misinformation on 5G?

The Province of South Holland engaged in a co-creation process with an innovative startup to deal with the problem of misinformation and fake news about 5G. After defining the challenge, WorldStartup scouted for startups that could co-create solutions together with the province. Zephyros is developing an easy to use tool that gives government officials and other stakeholders clear insights on all the (mis)information on the topic on social media. The dashboard shows the number of posts per topic, the sentiment (positive, neutral or negative) and also sources and how the information is spread.


"Together, working on a tool that gives government workers and other stakeholders clear insights in the sentiment, the sources, the spreading and the credibility of the info on social media."

Now that 5G technology is being rolled out, there has been a burst with misinformation and fake news on this topic, ranging from false information on radiation and health issues to  conspiracy theories that link 5G to Covid.

For citizens, who are obviously concerned about the health and radiation aspects, it has become difficult to obtain the right information and  to know which sources to trust. But also for government officials who are involved in either policy making or policy execution around 5G and have to deal with questions and concerns from citizens, this became a problem.

The Province of South Holland decided to do something about it. Together with a startup, they are working on a solution.

Grisjo Koers, who is involved in 5G and smart city use cases for the technology within the province, initiated the co-creation project. After defining the challenge, WorldStartup scouted for startups that could co-create solutions together with the province. Startup Zephyros, which was recently founded by 3 data scientists was eventually selected.

Meanwhile, the co-creation process is in full swing and the characteristics of the solution are becoming clear. Zephyros is developing an easy to use tool that gives government officials and other stakeholders clear insights on all the (mis)information on the topic on social media. The dashboard shows the number of posts per topic, the sentiment (positive, neutral or negative) and also sources and how the information is spread.

The tool is not only valuable to the province, but could also be relevant to municipalities, ministries and telecom providers. The province and WorldStartup are therefore looking for stakeholders that are interested in giving their input and/or using the tool.


If you want to be involved, you can reach out to Hub Jongen or Mark Beermann.

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