Co-Inform Hackathon: The Technology Team Meets in Stockholm

Author: Francesca Zuccotti, Digital Marketing & Communications Lead at Scytl

This week, the Co-Inform technology team gathered in Stockholm to work on the first version of the dashboard. Computer scientists from the UK Open University, and the Stockholm University, social scientists from  the University of Koblenz-Landau, and software developers from Expert Systems Iberia and Scytl, have met to develop the first version of the tool, based on the requirements gathered from journalists and policymakers at the second round of workshops in November 2019 and on discussions the Consortium had at the latest project status meeting in December 2019.

The dashboard should:

  1. provide users with information on why and when a claim has been flagged. 
  2. provide aggregate data which assess the validity of the sources. 
  3. allow policymakers and journalists to provide an accuracy rating. 

The plugin, the first version of which has been developed based on requirements gathered from citizens, journalists, and policymakers, has the following functionalities:

  1. it blurs posts that have been flagged as misinforming by fact-checkers.
  2. it allows users to comment on and challenge the assessment of the systemgiving them the option to provide alternative sources.
  3. it delays the publication of tweets that have been flagged as misinforming by fact-checkers. 
As soon as the tools are ready, they will be first tested internally and later with Co-Inform stakeholders in the third round of workshops scheduled to take place in Austria, Greece, and Sweden in mid-2020.

Co-Inform mission is to foster critical thinking and digital literacy.

Academic surveys have shown that online misinformation is becoming more difficult to identify. Online misinformation has the potential to deceive even readers with strong literacy skills. Our goal is to provide citizens, journalists, and policymakers with tools to spot ‘fake news’ online, understand how they spread, and obtain access to verified information.

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Co-Inform Copyright 2021

Co-inform project is co-funded by Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)
Type of action: RIA (Research and Innovation action)
Proposal number: 770302

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