Workshop "Human Aspects of Misinformation Online" at CHI 2021.


Lara Schibelsky Godoy Piccolo, Researcher at The Open University


Co-inform shed light on the human aspects of misinformation online at CHI 2021, one of the most prestigious conferences in computer science, which happened online in early May.

Resulting from a collaboration with the project EUNOMIA, the workshop called  “Opinions, Intentions, Freedom of Expression,…, And Other Human Aspects Of Misinformation Online” gathered multidisciplinary researchers from across the world (i.e. Canada, the US, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, Austria, Italy, and the UK), including a representative of WHO, a key organisation in the fight against the current infodemic.

A total of 9 research statements were accepted for a presentation at the workshop.

The presentations and discussions were split into 3 clusters: Community and Values; 2. Policies and Regulations; and 3. Tools and Technical Solutions. 

Different perspectives related to misinformation detection and spread were discussed, including our beliefs and the role of emotions in human reasoning, elements of trust, accessibility of fact-checking, accountability on social media, social media platforms regulation, and technical issues related to data harmonisation. 

In an engaging atmosphere, the discussions led to new insights for creating more ethical and impacting technical solutions, which will soon be published by the organisers and participants.

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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