Project belonging to: Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad (AEI), en el marco del Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2017-2020

Reference: PLEC2021-007681

Acronym and link to the PI’s webpage: XAI-DisInfodemics

GiCP is leading WP3. Fact-checking as a shared responsibility: bridging experts’ and users’ knowledge

GiCP’s researchers: Santiago Palmero Muñoz, Luis Pérez Miguel

GiCP’s Principal Investigator : David Arroyo Guardeño

From: 01-12-2021 to 30-11-2024

In this project proposal we aim to build a holistic socio-technical strategy to fight infodemics. We adopt a human-in-the-loop approach to increase false information detection accuracy, while also improving users’ digital literacy. To address the challenges of disinformation, we need interdisciplinary collaboration, and the development of tools that private and public entities can use. EXplainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) could provide these tools addressing the problem of disinformation detection from a multi-modal perspective going beyond the analysis of textual information. We aim to counter disinformation and conspiracy theories on the basis of fact checking of scientific information. Moreover, we aim to be able to explain not only the AI models in their decision-making but also the persuasion and psycho-graphics techniques that are employed to trigger emotions in the readers and make disinformation and conspiracy theories believable and propagate among the social network users. The final AI tool should also help users to spot in documents those parts whose aim is to grab readers’ attention by emotional appeals and that alert about a poor quality of the information. The AI tool will provide a complete picture of the piece of information that allows the user to know which kind of content is consuming. The tool is thought for the general public and its use will allow media and information platforms to be rated based on the quality of their health information, providing criteria for developing search engines that specifically prioritize the information that fulfills these quality standards.

Consortium partners:

Symanto Spain (emotional analysis and psychographic profiling); Universitat Politècnica de València (COORDINATION; multimodal disinformation and conspiracy theory detection); Spanish National Research Council -CSIC- (leveraging fact-checkers and cyber intelligence to curate scientific claims); Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (disinformation spread, community finding algorithms on social networks); Universidad de Granada (semantic representation, knowledge graphs, explainability); Universitat de Barcelona (datasets annotation).