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Congres/symposium

MISDOOM 2020

Datum
maandag 26 oktober 2020 - dinsdag 27 oktober 2020
Locatie
Online

Fake news, social bots, disinformation, filter bubbles, virality, deep fakes & more!

MISDOOM is a multidisciplinary international symposium that brings together researchers and practitioners from communication science, media studies, computer science, data science, as well as journalists and online media professionals to discuss current topics, technical advances and societal challenges in the area of online media. The symposium has a strong multidisciplinary character and aims to cater to the habits of different disciplines.

Invited talks

The MISDOOM symposium traditionally features invited speakers from both academia and journalism. 

Edda Humprecht (University of Zürich)

Talk title: Unequal framework conditions? Lessons from comparative research on online disinformation

Edda Humprecht is a Senior Research and Teaching Associate in the Department of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. In her research, she focuses on the content, use and effects of political communication, in particular, social media and digital media. Currently, she leads a project on online disinformation in comparative perspective.

Susan Banducci (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)

Talk title: What Can Misinformation Tell Us about Media Systems?

Susan Banducci is a professor and director of the Exeter Q-Step Centre. Her research interests are in the areas of comparative political behaviour, media and political communication.

Coen van de Ven (De Groene Amsterdammer, Amsterdam)

Talk title: Unravelling ‘New Conspiracism’ on Instagram

Coen van de Ven is a journalist at De Groene Amsterdammer, one of the larger quality newspapers in the Netherlands, where he wrote, among other things, about misinformation, fake news and alt right. He is furthermore a board member of the Dutch investigative journalism association.

Program outline

The program consists of 3 invited talks, 2 networking sessions and 70 contributed talks/papers, of which 10 talks will be plenary, and 60 talks will take in parallel sessions. Presentations should last no longer than 10-12 minutes, leaving 3-5 minutes for discussion. This page will be updated with relevant information on the online videoconferencing platform.

Interaction & networking. Conferences are usually not just to present work, but also to get feedback and meet new people. Therefore, apart from giving a talk, participants of MISDOOM meet for a networking session in so-called topical groups in the morning before their presentation. See this movie about the symposium format.

Detailed program. See the assignment of accepted papers to sessions.

Time zone. All times are in CET (UTC +1)

Day 1 – Monday October 26, 2020

8:30 8:50 Welcome & testing of technical setup
8:50 9:00 Symposium opening
9:00 10:00 Invited talk: Edda Humprecht: Unequal framework conditions? Lessons from comparative research on online disinformation
10:00 10:45 Networking session in “topical groups” (+ coffee break)
Group A
Group B
Group C
10:45 12:00 Parallel session 1 (3 x 5 papers):
A1 – Fake Science, Science Misinformation & Countermeasures
B1 – State-based Misinformation, Disruption & Surveillance
C1 – Malicious Actors and their Strategies
12:00 13:00 Lunch
13:00 14:15 Plenary session (5 papers): Challenges
14:25 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 16:00 Parallel session 2 (3 x 5 papers):
A2 – Automatic Detection of Fake News & Misinformation
B2 – The Public – Susceptibility and Peer Influence
C2 – Election Engineering & Political Misinformation


 

Day 2 – Tuesday October 27, 2020

8:50 9:00 Welcome & testing of technical setup
9:00 10:00 Invited talk: Susan Banducci: What Can Misinformation Tell Us about Media Systems?
10:00 10:45 Networking session in “topical groups” (+ coffee break)
Group A
Group B
Group C
10:45 12:00 Parallel session 3 (3 x 5 papers):
A3 – Fundamental Concepts of Misinformation
B3 – NLP and ML for Fake-News Identification
C3 – Human-Based Solutions
12:00 13:00 Lunch
13:00 14:15 Plenary session (5 papers): Solutions
14:25 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 15:45 Invited talk Coen van de Ven: Title to be reconfirmed
15:45 17:00 Parallel session 4 (3 x 5 papers):
A4 – News, Conspiracies & Filter Bubbles
B4 – Spreading & Spill-Over Dynamics of Misinformation
C4 – Solutions – Tools & Systems
17:00 17:10 Symposium closing

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