Program

Truth And Trust Online
The Program

Organised by members of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft, AI foundation, the Turing Institute, Full Fact, Cambridge U., Warwick U., Sheffield U., UCL, CredCo and Wikimedia – Truth and Trust Online poses a unique opportunity in October.

While trustworthy online spaces benefit everyone, untrustworthy content and behaviour can divide, confuse, and cause real harm. The inaugural Conference for Truth and Trust Online is organised as a unique collaboration between practitioners, academics and tech platforms, to share, discuss, and collaborate on useful technical innovations and research in the space.

Speakers include the VP for AI at Facebook, Director of Engineering at Twitter, Director at the Reuters Institute, CEO of Full Fact, Head of Innovation for BBC Monitoring and many more. See below for the full program or see the full list of speakers.

Friday October 4th

08:30 – 09:20REGISTRATION & COFFEE
09:20 – 09:30Welcome and Introduction to Day 1
09:30 – 10:00Nishant Lalwani, Director at Luminate
10:00 – 10:20BREAK


Industry Perspectives 
Chair: Guillaume Bouchard
10:20 – 10:50Jerome Pesenti, VP of AI at Facebook
10:50 – 11:20Dan Brickley, Standards and Open Source at Google
11:20 – 11:50Michael Golebiewski, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Bing 
12:00 – 13:30LUNCH


Fact Checking, Verification and Spread
Chairs: Mevan Babakar (first half), Andreas Vlachos, Maria Liakata (second half)
13:30 – 14:10Factchecking on the front lines: Tales from the UK, Argentina, South Africa, India and Iran. 

Will Moy, Full Fact, UK 
Olivia Sohr, Chequeado, Argentina
Lee Mwiti, AfricaCheck, South Africa 
Govindraj Ethiraj, BOOM Live, India
Farhad Souzanchi, FactNameh/ASL 19, Iran
14:10 – 14:30The Promise of Automated Fact Checking – David Corney, NLP Engineer at Full Fact
14:30 – 14:50Integrating automation in an established moderation process – Dr Abigail Lebhrect, Principal Data Scientist at Mumsnet
14:50 – 15:10BREAK 
15:10 – 16:10POSTER SESSION 1: Misinformation and Disinformation (1 Hour)
16:10 – 16:30Fighting Deepfakes, protecting your privacy and not leaving anyone behind — a view from the trenches – Roy Azuloy, CEO at Serelay
16:30 – 16:50Explainable Fact Checking with Probabilistic Answer Set Programming – Naser Ahmadi, Joohyung Lee, Paolo Papotti and Mohammed Saeed
16:50 – 17:10Understanding the Role of Human Values in the Spread of Misinformation – Tracie Farrell, Lara Piccolo, Serena Coppolino Perfumi, Martino Mensio and Harith Alani
17:10 – 17:30 Joint Rumour Stance and Veracity – Anders Edelbo Lillie, Emil Refsgaard Middelboe and Leon Derczynski
17:30 – 17:50No master algorithm: Human-machine intelligence and the real-world needs of fact-checking and content moderation – Scott A. Hale, Director of Research at Meedan; Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute
18:00________Evening Reception

Saturday 5th October

08:30 – 09:20REGISTRATION & COFFEE
09:20 – 09:30Welcome and Introduction to Day 2
09:30 – 10:00Rasmus Nielsen, Director at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
10:00 – 10:20BREAK

News and News Credibility
Chairs: Andreas Vlachos, Maria Liakata
10:20 – 10:50 BBC Monitoring: Combining technology with media expertise to spot disinformation – Judy King, Director of Innovation at BBC Monitoring
10:50 – 11:10Mapping the Media Landscape: The Influence of Ownership and Broadcast Schemes on Modern News Consumption – Jérémie Rappaz
11:10 – 11:30Automated Journalism: Why We Might Need to Worry More about Nonfake News Generation – Anja Belz, Brighton University
11:30 – 11:50Early Detection of Social Media Hoaxes – Arkaitz Zubiaga, Queen Mary University of London
11:50 – 12:10News Source Credibility in the Eyes of Different Assessors – Martino Mensio and Harith Alani
12:10 – 13:40LUNCH
13:40 – 14:40POSTER SESSION 2: Trustworthiness and Credibility (1 Hour)

Stance and Extremes
Chairs: Will Moy (first half), Ferenc Huszar (second half)
14:40 – 15:10Beyond “Bots and Trolls”—Understanding Disinformation as Collaborative Work – Kate Starbird, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington 
15:00 – 15:20A Study of Cyber Hate on Twitter with Implications for Social Media Governance Strategies – Rob Procter, Helena Webb, Pete Burnap, William Housley, Adam Edwards, Matthew Williams and Marina Jirotka
15:20 – 15:40Panel Q&A with:

Sharon Ly, Director of Engineering at Twitter
Kate Starbird, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington 
Rob Procter, Warwick University
15:40 – 16:00BREAK
16:00 – 16:20Detecting “Fake News” Before It’s Even Written – Preslav Nakov, Principal Scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute
16:20 – 16:40Rational Choices About Who To Trust – Tom Stafford, Cognitive Scientist at the University of Sheffield
16:40 – 17:00We need to move beyond researching belief change – Amy Sippitt, Research and Impact Manager at Full Fact
17:10_________Closing Remarks

After the close, there will be a reception for students at The Marquis Cornwallis pub, 31 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AP. Food and drink will be provided!

Posters: Misinformation and Disinformation (Day 1)

Detecting Propaganda in Online Media Giovanni Da San Martino

WeVerify: Wider and Enhanced Verification for You – Project Overview and Tool Demonstration Zlatina Marinova, Denis Teyssou, Nikos Sarris, Jochen Spangenberg, Symeon Papadopoulos, Alexandre Alaphilippe and Kalina Bontcheva

Disinformation: Detect to Disrupt Craig Corcoran, Renee DiResta, David Morar, Numa Dhamani, David Sullivan, Jeffrey Gleason, Paul Azunre, Steve Kramer and Becky Ruppel

Towards easy-to-implement misinformation automatic detection for online social media Julio Cesar Amador 

Misinformation on Twitter during the Danish National Election Leon Derczynski, Torben Oskar Albert-Lindqvist, Marius Venø Bendsen, Nanna Inie, Viktor Due Pedersen and Jens Egholm Pedersen

Persian Stance Classification Data Set Majid Zarharan, Samane Ahangar, Fateme Sadat Rezvaninejad, Mahdi Lotfi Bidhendi, Mohammad Taher Pilevar and Sauleh Eetemadi

Bots, reality shows and Greek political parties: Tracking bots and their political propaganda in Greece Ilias Stathatos, Dimitris Papaevagelou, Ioanna Louloudi, Elvira Krithari, Nikos Morfonios, Kostas Zafeiropoulos and Maria Sidiropoulou

“Left-of-Boom.” Misinfosec: We’re 4 big steps behind John Gray and Sara-Jayne Terp

Global Disinformation Index Santhosh Srinivasan and Craig Fagan

Understanding Mass Media Using Facebook Like Activities Ming-Hung Wang

Combating Disinformation via Interactive Evidence Detection Chris Stahlhut

Tools for Countering Misinformation on Encrypted Chat Apps Denny George, Swair Shah and Tarunima Prabhakar

Posters: Trustworthiness and Credibility (Day 2)

Biba Security Model Inspired Social Media Security Controls Mike Westmacott

Dataset exploration for Transparency Rishabh Shukla and Magdalena Lis

Can we scale up the scientific method to better source the truth online? Ben McNeil

Predicting News Source Credibility Ahmet Aker, Kevin Vincentius and Kalina Bontcheva

Characterizing Man-made vs. Machine-made Chatbot Dialogs Adaku Uchendu, Jeffrey Cao, Qiaozhi Wang, Bo Luo and Dongwon Lee

An Approach for Detecting Image Spam in OSNs Niddal Imam and Vassilios Vassilakis

A blockchain-based fact-checking registry: Enhancing trust in the fact-checkers Walid Al-Saqaf