Digital Future Society has launched the call for solutions "Tech against desinformation". This call for solutions seeks technology-based innovative solutions that help to optimise, speed up, and automate verification processes (fact-checking). ACUP-GUNi supports this initiative as partners-collaborators with the aim to fight against disinformation and strengthen democratic institutions.
How can technology optimise fact-checking processes and help the fight against disinformation?
In recent years, technological advances, the widespread use of the internet and social networks have worsened the problem of disinformation. This new dimension stems from different factors, such as the speed at which content is disseminated or the scope and segmentation of the audience.
In this context, to tackle this growing problem, some organisations now specialise in information verification by monitoring and checking content and data circulating on the internet. This information verification process is known as fact-checking. Although fact-checking is a common practice in journalism, it has become essential to combat disinformation and limit its spread. However, it is a slow and manual process that requires time and resources.
Therefore, it is essential to test and validate innovative technology solutions that will help optimise and automate the fact-checking process and thus help reduce the spread and impact of disinformation on society.
The call for solutions is open until July 9th 2021.