Truth and Trust Online Conference

Presenters: Martino Mensio (Research Assistant), and Tracie Farrell (Research Associate) at the Knowledge Media InstituteThe Open University

On October 4th and 5th, the Conference for Truth and Trust Online had its first edition at the BMA House in London, “to share, discuss, and collaborate on useful technical innovations and research in the space”.

The central theme of the conference, misinformation, has been addressed with a set of sessions, each one with its own perspective:

Co-Inform participated to the Conference with two presentations. We are studying the social and human responses to misinformation and developing tools to help the citizens to maintain an active thinking process while consuming information.

  • “Trust in the machine” presented the study done by Tracie Farrell, Lara Piccolo and Serena Coppolino Perfumi on the relationship between the human values and the spread of misinformation. The talk analysed how basic human values (e.g. conformity or universalism) impact the way we interpret information around us, thus stimulating or inhibiting us to share a certain piece of “news”.

Attending the conference has been useful to present our current work, but also to reinforce the connections with different groups working in the same field, and stay up to date with the latest research in the area.

For more details, the complete program and proceedings can be found on the website of the conference.

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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