The WeVerify and SoBigData (http://www.sobigdata.eu/index) projects co-organized a summer school on misinformation analysis in London. The event took place at King’s College at the end of June 2019.
NLP (natural language processing), machine learning and data science researchers, PhD students and journalists gathered over four days to share advances in misinformation detection.
Overall, it was a great opportunity to learn from each other about misinformation, social media analysis, opinion and rumor analysis, bot detection, echo chambers, as well as ethical and legal issues.
Given its diverse audience, the lectures were easy to follow, being a good introduction to the topic by non-experts. This type of summer school is ideal to bring together researchers from multiple areas, and start interdisciplinary collaborations.
Among the speakers, three WeVerify researchers gave lectures at the summer school: Professor Kalina Bontcheva (USFD), Denis Teyssou (AFP) and Alex Alaphilippe (EU DisInfo Lab).
More details about this summer school (including its full programme) can be found at https://gate-socmedia.group.shef.ac.uk/summer-school-comp-misinfo-analysis-2019/.