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"Lara.Piccolo" <[log in to unmask]>
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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

SocInfo 2020 Workshop - ​Challenging Misinformation:
Exploring Limits and Approaches​
in Pisa (and online) on the 6th of October - (half day)

Data scientists, Media Specialists, Computer scientists, Social scientists, Designers, Journalists (not limited to) are all invited to actively participate in the workshop and share their experiences, opinions and perspective towards a better common understanding of the problem.

This hands-on workshop will unpack the state-of-the-art on social sciences and technical solutions for tackling misinformation online, challenging the participants to first critically reflect upon existing limitations, to then co-create a future with integrating perspectives.

Misinformation: a socio-technical issue with multiple perspectives
Much earlier than the acknowledged COVID-19 infodemic, the abundance of digital
information circulating (accurate and not) that accompanied the global pandemic, information disorder online has been examined from multiple perspectives. Examining the limits of human cognition for dealing with and spreading misinformation, nudging social media users, fact-checking more effectively, automating detection and correction are some of the partial solutions in place. However, as a multilayered problem, there is not a single and comprehensive solution capable of stopping misinformation, and 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.

Purely technical solutions that 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. More comprehensive answers to the problem can only emerge when there is an articulation of diverse perspectives and ideas, requiring 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:

  *   Automated tools for misinformation detection and notifications
  *   Social network analysis
  *   Social influence
  *   Fact-checking
  *   Explainable AI
  *   Credibility of online content
  *   Behavioural studies
  *   Human values, legal and ethical aspects.

The agenda proposes engaging activities that challenge the status quo and promote creative-thinking towards creating innovative solutions. Participants on-site and online will be encouraged to ask questions, be critical, active, and bold in the idea-generation process for:

  *   Identifying challenges and obstacles related to misinformation from human and technical perspectives;
  *   Challenging existing approaches to tackle misinformation and identifying their limitations in technical terms and targeted users;
  *   Co-creating future scenarios building on existing solutions.

Important dates:
Submission date: 15-Ago-2020
Notification date: 31-Ago-2020
Workshop date: 6-Oct-2020 (half-day)

How to submit:
Prepare a 2 pages motivation statement describing your approach towards fighting misinformation, acknowledged limits of your approach, or how you envision a future in which the societies are resilient to mis/disinformation. Follow the same template and guidelines from Springer LNCS at SocInfo:
Email your contribution to <[log in to unmask]>.

Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organisers according to their relevance to the problem and motivations to advance towards a more systemic socio-technical solution. Accepted papers will be published on the workshop website and will be invited for a joint journal publication.

For more information:
Workshop website:
SocInfo 2020:
Email the organisation team: [log in to unmask]

Who we are:
The team of organisers merges two EU-funded projects on misinformation: Co-inform ( and Eunomia (, sharing the common challenge of building technology to support credibility assessment, foster critical thinking and information literacy.

Lara Piccolo - Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
Tracie Farrell - Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
Pinelopi Troullinou - Trilateral Research
Diotima Bertel - SYNYO GmbH

Dr Lara S G Piccolo | Research Fellow

The Open University, Level 4 North, Berrill Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
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