DCU Institute to lead € 2.4 million EU projects tackle false news
Researchers challenge questionable requirements with verification indicators
The DCU Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) will lead a three-year project of 2.4 million euros to address the question of false news by tracking and flagging information about online information, especially through social media.
Financed by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program, the project, entitled Provenance, will focus on finding solutions that allow people to differentiate between original information and manipulated information or disinformation.
The project will develop an "authentication layer" using advanced digital technology for multimedia detection (including image medicine) to record some content changes and identify similar content components. A "Verification Indicator" will summarize individual content sections with relevant information, including when the content was recorded, by whom and any subsequent transactions. Project solutions will benefit consumers from news and political information, but also for content creators who want to secure their content from manipulation or unauthorized use.
Initially in December, under Dr Jane Suites, the project team will include academic and industrial partners from Ireland, Spain, the Czech Republic and Austria. Irish collaborators include the SFI Adapt Research Center for digital content technology at Trinity College Dublin and the content information company NewsWhip.
"The speed and volume of disinformation on social media has the potential to undermine democracy, business and social reputation," said Dr Suites.
"This project will enable online content tracking and enable the degree of its manipulation through web and social media platforms to help consumers and businesses not only track their own content without trust in the content they see online."