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  • EU Center of Excellence for Research in Social Media and Information Disorder

The EU Center of Excellence for Research in Social Media and Information Disorder (EU REMID) is a research center hosted by DATALAB, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University for research into information flows on social media with a specific focus on different kinds of disorder e.g. disinformation, misinformation and hostility.

EU REMID focuses on mapping and advancing research into information flows and disorder on social media, and support teachers, fact checkers, journalists and researchers in their work against disinformation by offering knowledge sharing on latest issues, methods, results and effects, technological infrastructure, debunked lists and tools related to the H2020 funded European Disinformation Observatory - SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis).


Fact checking tools

As a member of SOMA, you can gain acces to different feature-rich tools to support your fight against disinformation - both the own developed Truly Media platform and other EU-funded projects that SOMA has partnered with. Click here to learn more about how to become a member of SOMA.

Truly Media

Truly Media is a unique web-based collaboration platform. It has been designed to support the verification of digital (user-generated) content residing in social networks and elsewhere. Truly Media was developed in very close collaboration with journalists and human rights investigators, taking their demands and requirements fully into account. 

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TruthNest

TruthNest is an application for deep Twitter analytics. You can explore content structure based on use of media, hashtags and mentioned entities along with tweeting density, popular tweets and preferred users the account interacts with. These insights can be used for enhanced user profiling for decoding competitive strategies, identifying true influencers and detecting bots

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EUNOMIA

EUNOMIA project will support you with an intermediary-free, decentralized platform to help determine the source of a piece of information, how this information has been modified and how likely it is to be trustworthy. This tool includes a blockchain-based infrastructure and a digital companion which uses AI to analyze content and context. Finally it will allow you to vote for the trustworthiness of social media posts. 

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WeVerify

WeVerify project will provide you with a specialized verification plugin, enhanced image, video, and textual content verification tools, advanced social network analysis tools and with an intelligent verification companion (in the form of a chat bot). 

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Provenance

Provenance will provide you with an intermediary-free solution for digital content verification that gives greater control to users of social media and underpins the dynamics of social sharing in values of trust, openness and fair participation. 

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SocialTruth

SocialTruth will provide you with an open, democratic and distributed ecosystem that allows easy access to various verification services ensuring scalability, and establishing trust in a completely decentralized environment. 

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Training sessions and webinars

The European Disinformation Observatory continuously organize training sessions and webinars on how fact-checkers and researchers can utilize technology and services offered by European institutions in their work against disinformation. Find the webinars organized so far below and subscribe to the SOMA Newsletter to stay informed on any upcoming webinars. 

NameDescriptionLink
Eurostat: Labour Force (May 20th, 2019)Webinar with an overview of the labour force data available at EurostatView Now
Fact-checkers: how to get what you need from the European Commission's communication services (May 15th, 2019)The European Commission offers an introduction to its communication services and how to use them for fact-checking.View Now
Eurostat for Fact-checkers: Migration and Asylum (April 29th, 2019)Eurostat offers a deep dive into its datasets specifically focused on migration.View Now
Webinar with Eurostat (March 25-27th, 2019)Eurostat explains how to use their products and services in fact-checking activities.View Now

Projects connected to EU REMID

Several research projects are currently connected to EU REMID

Research on Online Political Hostility

Professor of political science Michael Bang Petersen will head a major new research project at Aarhus BSS aiming to develop counter-strategies to combat hostile behaviour in the political debate on social media. The Carlsberg Foundation has donated DKK 15.7 million to the interdisciplinary project, which brings together leading Danish and international researchers.

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AI in the service of truth - fact checking the news in Sweden

This project addresses the problem of disinformation by building an AI-based toolkit for journalists, policy makers and regular users. The tools will be used to detect false information, verify claims, and quantify the quality of references in texts as well as in videos. Thus, users will be empowered to verify the information they consume and may spread. Moreover, malevolent actors will also be deterred from producing such false content, knowing they will be easily discovered.

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Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories in Europe

Despite moral debates about the effects that conspiracy theories have on knowledge, democracy and mental health, there has been little systematic research on where they come from, how they work and what, if anything, should be done about them. This project addresses these issues and aim to develop an interdisciplinary and international network to provide a comprehensive understanding of conspiracy theories in different European countries.

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Research network on online disinformation

EU REMID is connected to a interdisciplinary research network on online disinformation. The creation of the network is funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) and was kicked off at the Aarhus conference Online Disinformation: an Integrated View on May 6-7. The network will continue to be developed at the Oslo conference Countering online disinformation: An interdisciplinary and network-building symposium on June 3-4 and at a similar conference in Uppsala in 2020. The following researchers are connected to the network. 

 

Denmark

NameJob TitleAffiliationDepartment
Anja BechmannProfessorAarhus UniversityMedia and Journalism Studies
Luca Rossi Associate ProfessorIT University of CopenhagenDigital Design
Leon DerczynskiAssistant ProfessorIT University of CopenhagenComputer Science
Michael Bang PedersenProfessorAarhus UniversityPolitical Science
Mathias OsmundsenAssistant ProfessorAarhus UniversityPolitical Science
Alexander BorPost DocAarhus UniversityPolitical Science
Sander Andreas SchwartzAssistant ProfessorUniversity of RoskildeCommunication and Arts
Eva MayerhöfferAssistant ProfessorUniversity of RoskildeCommunication and Arts
Rebekka Lykke NørremarkPhD FellowAarhus UniversityComparative Literature and Rhetoric
Michael BossettaPhD FellowUniversity of CopenhagenPolitical Science
Alexandra Regina KratschmerAssociate ProfessorAarhus UniversityLinguistics
Ana Paulla Braga MattosPhD FellowAarhus UniversityLinguistics
Jakob Linaa JensenResearch Director of Social MediaDanish School of Media and JournalismForskning og Viden
Ane Kathrine GammelbyPhD FellowAarhus UniversityMedia and Journalism Studies
Rebekah Brita BagliniPost DocAarhus UniversityLinguistics
Lynge Asbjørn Møller Research Assistant Aarhus UniversityMedia and Journalism Studies
Bente KalsnesAssociate ProfessorKristiania University CollegeCommunication
Benjamin Powys CarverPart-time Lecturer and Research AssistantAarhus UniversityCommunication and Culture 

 

Norway

NameJob TitleAffiliationDepartment
Oscar WestlundProfessorOslo Metropolitan UniversityJournalism and Media Studies
Bente KalsnesAssociate ProfessorKristiania University CollegeCommunication


Sweden

NameJob TitleAffiliationDepartment
Matteo MagnaniAssociate ProfessorUppsala UniversityInformation Technology
Thomas NygrenAssociate ProfessorUppsala UniversityEducation
Mona GuathAssistant ProfessorUppsala UniversityPsychology
Anton AxelssonTeaching and Research AssistantUppsala UniversityInformation Technology


Italy

NameJob TitleAffiliationDepartment
Fabio GigliettoAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Urbino Carlo BoCommunication Sciences, Humanities and International Studies
Nicola RighettiPost DocUniversity of Urbino Carlo BoCommunication Sciences, Humanities and International Studies
Giada MarinoPhD FellowUniversity of Urbino Carlo BoCommunication Sciences, Humanities and International Studies

 

Belgium

NameJob TitleAffiliationDepartment
Sophie MorosoliPhD FellowUniversity of AntwerpPolitical Science

 

France

NameJob TitleAffiliationDepartment
Philippe Useille Assistant ProfessorUniversité Polytechnique des Hauts-de-FranceInformation and Communication Sciences
Angelina Toursel Teaching and Research AssistantUniversité Polytechnique des Hauts-de-FranceInformation and Communication Sciences

United Kingdom

NameJob TitleAffiliationDepartment
Alex Krasodomski-JonesResearch Director of Centre for the Analysis of Social MediaSussex UniversityDigital political extremism, information environments, disinformation and machine-enabled decision-making
Mari-Liis MadissonPost DocQueen's University BelfastSemiotics and Culture Studies

USA

NameJob TitleAffiliationDepartment
Jennifer Stromer-GalleyProfessorSyracuse UniversityInformation Studies
Elaine YuanAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoCommunication

Partners of the center

News related to REMID

2019.10.23 | Disinformation, DATALAB

CALL FOR PAPERS: ROPH'20 Conference on Online Hostility

The ROPH’20 conference takes stock of our current knowledge about online political hostility and identify the next big questions we need to solve. The conference marks the launch of the five-year Research on Online Political Hostility (ROPH) project, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

2019.09.10 | DATALAB, Disinformation, Survival of Quality Content, Data sharing and privacy

DATALAB delivers first report as a part of EU project SOMA

The growth of social media and the availability of social media data has opened up new opportunities for researchers and journalists, but social media companies are making it increasingly difficult to obtain comprehensive access to data. This is the subject of the latest report to the European Commission delivered by DATALAB as part of the SOMA…

2019.05.10 | Disinformation, DATALAB, Survival of Quality Content

New EU research center launched at disinformation conference

Research in information disorder on social media will be focal point of a new research center hosted by DATALAB. The center was officially opened on Monday May 6th at a disinformation conference.

2019.05.02 | DATALAB, Survival of Quality Content, Disinformation

Final programme for Online Disinformation Conference

On May 6-7, DATALAB hosts a research conference on Online Disinformation, where top research will be presented by researchers from across the globe and a new EU research center will be officially opened.

2019.03.11 | DATALAB, Survival of Quality Content, Disinformation

DATALAB contributes to he Siri Commission’s recommendations to the Danish Parliament

Digital platforms must be held democratically responsible, the media must actively fight disinformation, and politicians must be transparent about their use of data and ads on digital platforms. These are just some of the recommendations that the Siri Commission presented in the Danish parliament.

2019.02.01 | Survival of Quality Content, DATALAB, Disinformation

DATALAB hosts conference on Defining and Measuring Disinformation

On May 6-7, DATALAB hosts a conference to kick off the establishment of an interdisciplinary Nordic network of researchers studying online disinformation.

Fake news is trust hacking and a threat to companies as well as democracy

2018.05.18 | Survival of Quality Content, DATALAB, Disinformation

Fake news is trust hacking and a threat to democracy and companies

If the consumers lose their trust in the institutions, as a result of fake news, it will also affect their trust in private businesses.

Isabella Augenstein

2017.11.16 | Survival of Quality Content, DATALAB, Disinformation

DATALAB Talk: Automated Fact Checking

NB: This event has passed.