Battelle announced on Wednesday its new collaborative effort with the Ohio State University and Northwestern University aimed at combating ‘misinformation’ related to COVID-19 by assessing the risk of COVID-19 ‘misinformation’ in near real-time. The effort is sponsored by a $1 million grant from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). 

Katie Liszewski, a cybersecurity engineer, stated that “These tools track the potential of new misinformation spreading through influential groups to the general public and eliminates the need to exhaustively catalog the millions of tweets, posts, and likes generated every day."

“The approach will enable decision-makers and spokespeople to quickly craft public service announcements to counter dangerous misinformation without causing information fatigue,” Liszewski added. 

Previously, attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 ‘misinformation’ have been mostly unsuccessful because they were attempts to retroactively correct false narratives. The team’s investigators’ backgrounds include cyber trust and analytics, mathematics, social networks, communication and public policy. 

Erik Nisbet, Owen L. Coon Endowed Professor of Policy Analysis and Communication, said of the team, “There have been many efforts to track and mitigate misinformation, but this initiative is truly unique due to its combination of multiple approaches from network science, social media analytics, and computational linguistics, and an understanding of the psychology behind its spread and influence.”

The first concepts to battle ‘misinformation’ began when COVID-19 was first reported in the U.S. The collaboration was initially internally funded by both Battelle and the Ohio State Office of Research.

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巴特尔与俄亥俄州立大学和西北大学合作抗击COVID-19“错误信息”

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Noah Chelednik于2021年5月28日发布

俄亥俄州哥伦布市(2021年6月1日)伯特立在周三宣布了与俄亥俄州立大学西北大学旨在打击有关的“误传”新型冠状病毒肺炎通过近实时评估COVID-19“错误信息”的风险。这项工作是由100万美元资助的情报高级研究项目活动(IARPA)。

凯蒂Liszewski一位网络安全工程师表示,“这些工具可以追踪通过有影响力的群体向公众传播新错误信息的可能性,并消除对每天产生的数百万条推文、帖子和点赞进行详尽分类的需要。”

Liszewski补充说:“这种方法将使决策者和发言人能够迅速制定公共服务公告,以对抗危险的错误信息,而不会造成信息疲劳。”

此前,缓解新冠病毒-19“错误信息”传播的尝试大多是不成功的,因为他们试图追溯纠正错误的叙述。该团队调查人员的背景包括网络信任和分析、数学、社交网络、通信和公共政策。

埃里克·尼斯贝特认为欧文·l·库恩(Owen L. Coon)政策分析与传播教授在谈到该团队时说:“已经有很多努力来追踪和减少错误信息,但这一举措真正独特,因为它结合了来自网络科学、社交媒体分析和计算语言学的多种方法,理解其传播和影响背后的心理。”

抗击“错误信息”的第一个概念始于美国首次报道COVID-19俄亥俄州研究办公室

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