Co-Inform is a EU-funded project involving top universities and SMEs in 7 European countries. The objective is to create tools to foster critical thinking and digital literacy for a better-informed society. These tools will be designed and tested with policymakers, journalists, and citizens in 3 different EU countries.
Co-Inform mission is to foster critical thinking and digital literacy.
People need to be aware of the consequences that misinformation has on democracy and how much it affects their lives. The aim is to foster informed and engaged communities, which constitute the foundations of a healthy democracy and together find a solution to misinformation.
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.
To achieve the aims of Co-Inform, the consortium will foster co-creational methodologies and practices for engaging stakeholders in combating misinformation posts and news articles, and persuading them to adopt more informed behaviours and perceptions. This process will be assisted by advanced intelligent methods for misinformation detection, misinformation flow prediction, and real-time processing and measurement of crowds’ acceptance or regular of misinformation.
A browser plugin to raise citizens’ awareness of fully or partially misinforming content, of related fact-checking articles and corrective information, of average citizens’ perceptions towards this content, and of key pro and against comment from fellow citizens.
A dashboard for fact-checking journalists and policy-makers, showing what misinformation is detected, where it originates from, how and where it spreads and will spread in the near future, what’s the current and predictable public perception, and what are the key comments about it from the public.
Co-Inform tools will be developed by a top-notch interdisciplinary team of social scientists, fact-checking journalists, computer scientists and software developers .
eGovlab – Stockholm University, Sweden
Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Open University, UK
University of Stuttgart, Germany
Expert System Iberia, Spain
International Hellenic University, Greece
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
The project also counts with the support of key international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Fact-Checking Network and Antirumours Global, among others.