Co-Inform Team Gathers for a General Assembly Meeting Online

Author: Mattias Svahn, eGovlab, Stockholm University

Have you thought about the element “co” in the name Co-inform? That stands for co-creation. When co-inform started back in 2018 the unquestioned idea was that that stood for  several people, stakeholders and designers meeting in a room and doing workshop exercises for a whole day, to get the core of how to design and build ground breaking anti-disinformation tools. This should be repeated often. That has of course changed as we have all moved online in every possible way.

On the 23rd March Co-inform held a General Assembly meeting, all online. We paused for a day to take stock, take inventory and get our ducks all in a row for the final stretch of the project. We saw what elements remain, and what elements we have done above and beyond the call of duty. 

We discussed what to do with our tools, how they best can come to benefit of European society, collaborations with industry outside of our consortium, timelines and staffing for the remaining deliverables, and how we have adapted to the current situation. 

It was a little bit sad that we could not meet face-to-face, but the human-to-human networks we have built over industry and academia will remain and come to the benefit of European R&D when society is out on the other side.  

Co-Inform’s 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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