The DCU has led the EU project to deal with false data issues of € 2.4 million
Researchers question dubious claims with the verification indicator
The DCU Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) will lead a three-year EUR 2.4 million project to deal with the issue of false reports by monitoring and labeling online misinformation, particularly through social media.
The Provenance project, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program, will focus on finding solutions that will allow people to distinguish between original information and manipulated information or misinformation.
The project will create a "verification layer" that will use advanced digital technologies for multimedia analytics (including forensic images) to capture all content edits and identify similar portions of content. The "Verification Indicator" will contain the individual parts of the content with relevant information, including when the content is registered, whom, and any subsequent transactions. Project solutions will be especially used for news and policy users, but also for content makers who want to secure their content from manipulation or unauthorized use.
It begins in December under the guidance of Dr. Jane Suite, the project team will include academic and industrial partners from Ireland, Spain, the Czech Republic and Austria. Among the Irish collaborators are the Adapt digital content research center Adapt for Trinity College Dublin and NewsWhip.
"The speed and volume of disinformation on social media can potentially undermine democracy, business and social reputation," Dr. Suiter.
"This project will allow us to monitor online content and enable it to be manipulated through web and social media platforms to help consumers and businesses not only track their own material but have confidence in the content they see online."