The DCU Institute lead a € 2.4m EU project to deal with fake news
Researchers challenge questionable claims with a validation indicator
The DCU Institute for Future Communications and Journalism (FuJo) will lead a € 2.4 million three-year project that will address the fake news issue by tracking and digitizing online disinformation, particularly through social media.
Funded project Horizon 2020 of the European Commission project, titled Provenance, will focus on finding solutions to allow people to distinguish between original information and information manipulation or misinformation.
The project will open an "authentication layer" that will employ advanced digital technologies for multimedia analysis (including forensics of images) to record changes in content and identify similar parts of content. "Authentication Indicator" will link your personal content with relevant information, including when the content is posted, by whom, and any subsequent transactions. Project solutions will be a particular use for consumers of news and political information, but also for content creators who want to secure their content from manipulation or unauthorized use.
Starting in December, Dr. Suter will include academic and industrial teams from Ireland, Spain, the Czech Republic and Austria, and Irish collaborators include the SFI Adapt Research Center for digital content technology at Trinity College In Dublin and NewsWhip's intelligence company.
"The speed and disinformation of social media has the potential to undermine democracy, business and social reputation," Dr. Suiter said.
"This project will enable tracking of online content and enable its level of manipulation through Web platforms and a media platform to help consumers and businesses not only monitor their material but to trust the content they see online."