About

The manipulation of information and the dissemination of ”fake news” are practices that trace back to the early records of human history.

Yet, significant changes in the technological environment enabling ubiquity, immediacy and considerable anonymity, have facilitated the spreading of misinformation in unforeseen ways, raising concerns around people’s (mis)perception of social issues worldwide. As a wicked problem, limiting the harm caused by misinformation goes beyond technical solutions, requiring also regulatory and behavioural changes (see figure below).

In such a scenario, social media players, technology designers, policymakers, journalists, educators and citizens are all stakeholders with some responsibility in understanding the problem on its complexity and come up with pieces of solutions that will limit the spread and impact of misinformation worldwide.

This workshop proposes to unpack the challenge at hand by bringing together diverse perspectives to the problem. Based on participatory design principles, it will challenge participants to critically reflect the limits of existing socio-technical approaches, aggregate solutions and co-create scenarios in which digital platforms support misinformation resilience.

A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research on how misinformation resilient societies can be designed. From an Human-Computer Interaction perspective, we hope to impact society through the design and development of socio-technical systems that respond to the social media context and its current struggles between what is considered fact and fiction.

Note: Although the term 'fake news' has been extensively used, it has multiple and controversial meanings. For this reason, official stakeholders have suggested to avoid it in research and policies referring to information disorder. As a simplification, we are using misinformation to represent the complexity of the problem of information disorder.

A social issue with multiple perspectives
A social issue with multiple perspectives

Who we are

Lara Schibelsky Godoy Piccolo - Photo Lara Schibelsky Godoy Piccolo is a Research Fellow at the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University. Lara investigates interaction design with a socio-technical and inclusive perspective, considering how technology can trigger a positive impact on people’s lives. Community engagement, motivations and values are important drivers of her research. She is currently investigating how voice-based systems can be used to raise awareness of misinformation. Lara is also an Associated Lecturer on Interaction Design and User Experience.
Somya Joshi - Photo Somya Joshi is an Associate Professor at Stockholm University with expertise in the field of Sustainable Human-Computer Interaction (SHCI). Her specialization falls within the applied context of technological innovation, particularly in how it translates into transparency in governance, environmental conservation and citizen engagement. She has experience working with a range of partners from academia, industry, NGOs, as well as international development organizations towards the common goal of facilitating inclusive development. Currently, Somya is Head of Research at eGovernance-Lab at the Department of Computer Systems Science (DSV) at Stockholm University.
Evangelos Karapanos - Photo Evangelos Karapanos is an Assistant Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology where he directs the Persuasive Technologies Lab. Evangelos’ expertise is in experience-centered design of interaction with technology. His ongoing work explores technology-mediated nudging interventions for misinformation-resilient societies.
Tracie Farrell Tracie Farrell is a Research Associate at the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University in the UK. Tracie’s professional background and research interests focus on awareness and reflection in learning. In particular, she examines how technology can trigger metacognitive activity.

Goals

The goal of this workshop is to create an agenda for interdisciplinary research that critically analyses and aggregates socio-technical solutions that establish fundamental limits to misinformation.

  • Discussing challenges, obstacles related to misinformation;
  • Challenging existing approaches to tackle misinformation and identifying their limitations;
  • Mapping stakeholders, and questioning the relationships between them;
  • Co-creating future scenarios where digital platforms support misinformation resilience;
  • Identifying criteria for assessing the potential of different solutions to make impact.

The workshop will be of interest to researchers and practitioners that hope to impact society through the design and development of socio-technical systems in the social media context, and it’s current struggles between what is considered fact and fiction. We intend to build a multidisciplinary research community focusing on the design of misinformation resilient societies.

A social issue with multiple perspectives
A social issue with multiple perspectives
A social issue with multiple perspectives
A social issue with multiple perspectives

Call for Papers and Participation

We invite participants and position papers for the Interact 2019 Workshop - Challenging Misinformation: Exploring Limits and Approaches

Grounded on principles of co-creation, this one-day workshop will offer an interdisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners aiming at actively challenging the limits of existing approaches to tackle misinformation and fostering the design of misinformation resilient societies.

Interaction designers, journalists, educators, policymakers or other related stakeholders are encouraged to participate and submit a position paper describing their approach towards fighting misinformation, acknowledged limits of the approach, and how they envision a future in which the societies are resilient to mis/disinformation.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Socio-technical empirical studies
  • Motivational and behavioural studies
  • Human values
  • Persuasive technology
  • Games and gamification
  • Information and media literacy
  • Fact-checking
  • Social media policies and regulation
  • Automated tools for misinformation detection and notifications
  • Legal and ethical aspects

The paper should be from 2 to 4 pages in the Springer LNCS format. Accepted papers will be published in the adjunct conference proceedings and available at the workshop website.

Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organisers according to their relevance to the problem and motivations to advance towards a more systemic socio-technical solution.

Workshop outcomes will be published as a poster presentation at the main conference and as a video. The possibility of a special issue journal will be discussed with the participants.

Participants will be invited to actively engage in a series of co-creation activities for:

  • Discussing challenges, obstacles related to misinformation;
  • Challenging existing approaches to tackle misinformation and identifying their limitations;
  • Mapping stakeholders, and questioning the relationships between them;
  • Co-creating future scenarios where digital platforms support misinformation resilience;
  • Identifying criteria for assessing the potential of different solutions to make impact.

How to submit

Prepare a 2-4 pages position paper describing your approach towards fighting misinformation, acknowledged limits of your approach, or how you envision a future in which the societies are resilient to mis/disinformation. Follow the template and guidelines from

Follow the template and guidelines from Springer LNCS:
https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines

Submit your position paper on Easychair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=misinfointeract19

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 26th April 2019

Notification for participants: 7th June 2019.

Camera-ready version: 21st June 2019.

Workshop date: 3rd September 2019.

If you have any question, please, e-mail: lara . piccolo (at) open . ac . uk

Programme

This one-day workshop will offer an interdisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners aiming at actively challenging the limits of current approaches to tackle misinformation and fostering the design of misinformation resilient societies.

Workshop Agenda (preliminary)

Ice-breaker and introductions

Setting the Stage: Inspirational talk

Mapping the Terrain: Mapping stakeholders

Role Play: Brief exercise to change perspectives, lenses and orientations

Lunch break

Lightning Talks: Short presentation by the participants on their area of research

Future Making: Exercise to identify criteria for assessing an innovation’s potential for impact, such as a fact-checking tool or technical platforms that would allow for misinformation resilience.

Wrap up and Next Steps