OPENEDU: #TheWebConf 2019 #MisinfoWorkshop2019 International Workshop on Misinformation, Computational Fact-Checking and Credible Web @TheWebConf #14May @SanFrancisco

May 14, 2019, San Francisco, CA, USACo-located with The Web Conference 2019

 International Workshop on Misinformation, Computational Fact-Checking and Credible Web

Our society is struggling with an unprecedented amount of falsehood which harms wealth, democracy, and health.

Debunking misinformation and disinformation calls for interdisciplinary collaboration of and advancements in multiple areas, including journalism, communication studies, law and public policy, psychology, and political science. Computing technology plays a crucial role in it. The last few years have witnessed a substantial growth in efforts at computational fact-checking, of which many are data-driven, AI-powered, and include human in the loop. These efforts tackle various fronts, such as the detection of fabricated news, rumors, and spam on social media, automation in fact-checking, flagging clickbait articles, and discovering fake accounts and malicious social media bots.

Advancements in algorithms and AI have raised significant ethics concerns regarding fairness, transparency, trust, and misuse. The concerns are particularly pertinent to fact-checking—while fact-checkers discern truth from falsehood, who is there to check them? Furthermore, the harm of misuse of AI is already manifested in this arena. For instance, creators of falsehoods may optimize for their objectives using approaches steered by algorithms. Finally, maintaining a high bar of ethics in research itself, particularly ensuring the reproducibility of research results, is vital to the health of the enterprise.

The success of tackling misinformation lies not only in methodology and technology but also education. To help cultivate a society that is more robust to falsehoods, to break “filter bubbles” and “echo chambers”, we must raise the awareness of all aspects about misinformation and we must train a generation of Web users that are well versed in media literacy, data literacy, and logic and fallacy.

Accepted Papers
  • Examining the Roles of Automation, Crowds and Professionals Towards Sustainable Fact-checking

Naeemul Hassan (University of Mississippi), Mohammad Yousuf (University of Oklahoma), Md Mahfuzul Haque (University of Mississippi), Javier A. Suarez Rivas (University of Mississippi), Md Khadimul Islam (The University of Mississippi)

  • Red Bots Do It Better: Comparative Analysis of Social Bot Partisan Behavior

Luca Luceri (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, and University of Bern), Ashok Deb (University of Southern California), Adam Badawy (University of Southern California), Emilio Ferrara (University of Southern California)

  • Neural Check-Worthiness Ranking with Weak Supervision: Finding Sentences for Fact-Checking

Casper Hansen (University of Copenhagen), Christian Hansen (University of Copenhagen), Stephen Alstrup (University of Copenhagen), Jakob Grue Simonsen (University of Copenhagen), Christina Lioma (University of Copenhagen)

  • A Linked Data Model for Facts, Statements and Beliefs

Ludivine Duroyon (France Univ Rennes, Inria, CNRS, IRISA), François Goasdoué (France Univ Rennes, Inria, CNRS, IRISA), Ioana Manolescu (France Inria and LIX (UMR 7161, CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique))

  • A Study of Misinformation in WhatsApp groups with a focus on the Brazilian Presidential Elections

Caio Machado (University of Oxford), Beatriz Kira (University of São Paulo), Vidya Narayanan (University of Oxford), Bence Kollanyi (University of Oxford), Philip Howard (University of Oxford)

  • A Topic-Agnostic Approach to Identify Fake News Pages

Sonia Castelo Quispe (New York University), Thais Almeida (Federal University of Amazonas), Anas Elghafari (New York University), Aécio Santos (New York University), Kien Pham (New York University), Eduardo Nakamura (Federal University of Amazonas), Juliana Freire (New York University)

  • Institutional Counter-disinformation Strategies in a Networked Democracy

Jonathan Stray (Columbia University)

  • Differences in Health News from Reliable and Unreliable Media

Sameer Dhoju (The University of Mississippi), Md Main Uddin Rony (The University of Mississippi), Muhammad Ashad Kabir (Charles Sturt University), Naeemul Hassan (The University of Mississippi)

  • Misinfosec: Applying Information Security Paradigms to Misinformation Campaigns

Christopher R. Walker (Marvelous AI, San Francisco, CA), Sara-Jayne Terp (SOFWERX, Tampa, FL), Pablo C. Breuer (U.S. Special Operations Command), Courtney Crooks (Georgia Tech Research Institute)

Invited Posters (all accepted papers + the following)

  • When Algorithms Assign Fact-Checks to Online Stories and News Publishers: A Sociotechnical Perspective

Emma Lurie (Wellesley College), Eni Mustafaraj (Wellesley College)

  • Online Misinformation: From the Deceiver to the Victim

Francesca Spezzano (Boise State University), Anu Shrestha (Boise State University)

  • Building Consequential Rankings

Behzad Tabibianf (MPI-IS & MPI-SWS), Vicenç Gomez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Abir De (MPI-SWS), Bernhard Schölkopf (MPI-IS), Manuel Gomez Rodriguez (MPI-SWS)

May 14, 2019, San Francisco, CA, USACo-located with The Web Conference 2019

 International Workshop on Misinformation, Computational Fact-Checking and Credible Web