Challenging Misinformation: Exploring Limits and Approaches

Stop domino effect

We invite researchers and practitioners interested in aligning social, computational and technological approaches to mitigating the challenge of misinformation in social media to join us at the SocInfo 2020 Workshop!

The last weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic have shown quite drastically how access to accurate information is crucial. So many rumours, hoaxes, fake news and other forms of dis- and misinformation have been spread that the term ‘infodemic’ was coined. To counteract this wicked problem, tools and online services are continuously being developed to support different stakeholders. However, limiting the harm caused by misinformation requires merging multiple perspectives, including an understanding of human behaviour in judging and promoting false information, as well as technical solutions to detect and stop its propagation. To this point, all the solutions are notably limited: as a multi-layered problem, there is not a single and comprehensive solution capable of stopping misinformation. Existing approaches are all limited for different reasons: the way end-users are (or not) engaged, limited data sources, subjectivity associated with the judgment, etc. Furthermore, purely technical solutions tend to disregard the social structures that lead to the spread of misinformation, or the different ways societal groups are affected are not only limited, they can also be harmful by obfuscating the problem. Therefore, a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach is needed.

So, how can we battle misinformation and flatten the curve of the infodemic? Members of the EU funded projects Co-inform and EUNOMIA have joined forces to organise a hands-on workshop at the SocInfo conference on 6 October 2020. Aim of the workshop is to unpack the state-of-the-art on social sciences and technical solutions, challenging the participants to critically reflect upon existing limitations and then co-create a future with integrating perspectives. This workshop intends to bring together data scientists, media specialists, computer scientists, social scientists, designers, and journalists. Participants are invited to discuss challenges and obstacles related to misinformation online from human and technical perspectives; to challenge existing approaches and identify their limitations in technical terms and targeted users, and to co-create future scenarios building on existing solutions.

Find out more

About the workshop, topics of interest, the submission process, and the organisers: http://events.kmi.open.ac.uk/misinformation/

About SocInfo 2020: https://kdd.isti.cnr.it/socinfo2020/

About Co-inform: https://coinform.eu/

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