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Kick-off for the Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis

31 December 2018

The SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis) project, co-funded by the European Commission in Horizon 2020, held its kick-off meeting on 14-15 November 2018 in Athens. Five  organizations, distinguished and experienced for providing technologies and models for combating disinformation, met to coordinate their joint plan to support a European Observatory against Disinformation.

SOMA officially started its activities on 1 November 2018, and within the next 30 months, aims to equip the “hunters” of misleading news with the appropriate tools that will enable them to do their job in the most efficient and accurate way. At the same time, it seeks to bring fact checkers together with news organizations, social media innovators, researchers and policy-makers in order to:

  • constitute the core of 2 national centers for research around disinformation
  • formulate a methodology to assess the impact of verification tools and media literacy strategies
  • establish a commonly accepted Source Transparency Index (STI)
  • provide a roadmap for best practices in content verification

SOMA is a collaboration of five partners: Athens Technology Center (ATC, Greece), coordinating the project; Pagella Politica (Italy), LUISS Data Lab (Italy), T6Ecosystems (Italy) and the University of Aarhus (Denmark).

SOMA project is a Coordination and Support action, funded by the European Commission under grant agreement No 825469.
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