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"Lara.Piccolo" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 21 Dec 2020 12:07:28 +0000
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Dear all,

We are inviting researchers and practitioners aiming at actively engaging with social, societal, and ethical problems of current socio-technical solutions to tackle misinformation to join us at the CHI 2021 Workshop<>:

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Information disorder online is a multi-layered problem; there is not a single and comprehensive solution capable of stopping misinformation, and existing approaches are all limited for different reasons such as end-user engagement, inadequate interaction design, lack of explainability, etc. Purely technical solutions that disregard the social structures that lead to the spread of misinformation can be harmful by obfuscating the problem.

More comprehensive, ethical​, and impactful​ answers to the problem can only emerge through an interdisciplinary approach that includes computer scientists, social scientists, and technology designers in the co-creation of features and delivery methods.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  *   Censorship and freedom of speech
  *   Social and political polarisation, partisanship
  *   Disinformation campaigns and propaganda
  *   Conspiracy theories and rumours
  *   (Limitations of ) automated tools for misinformation detection and notifications
  *   Nudging strategies and persuasion
  *   Social network analysis
  *   Impact on communities or social groups
  *   Fact-checking
  *   Explainable AI
  *   Credibility of online content
  *   Behavioural studies
  *   Human values
  *   Legal and ethical aspects of socio-technical solutions

Participants will actively engage in activities for:

  *   Identifying challenges and obstacles related to misinformation from human and socio-technical perspectives;
  *   Challenging existing approaches and identifying their limitations in socio-technical terms, including underlying assumptions, goals, and targeted users;
  *   Co-creating innovative future scenarios with socio-technical solutions addressing impact and ethical aspects.


Prepare a motivation statement describing your approach towards fighting misinformation, acknowledged limits, or an envisioned future in which the societies are resilient to mis/disinformation supported by socio-technical solutions.

It should follow the ACM Master Article Submission Template<>. Send your submission to the email: Misinformation 2021 Group<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ([log in to unmask]).

Submissions will be reviewed by the organisers according to their relevance to the problem and motivations to address ethical aspects and societal impact. Accepted papers will be published on the workshop website.


Submission: 7th February
Notification: 21st February

Workshop date: 7th May 2021 CET 15:00-19:00 / EST 09:00-13:00 / JST 21:00-02:00 (next day)

For more information, email the Misinformation 2021 Group<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or check the website:

Dr Lara S G Piccolo | Research Fellow

The Open University, Level 4 North, Berrill Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
+44 (0) 1908 659773 | [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> |<>

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