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Online disinformation: an integrated view |

#3 An integrated perspective

February 11 2021, online (free registration required to attend)

We are happy to invite you to the third event organised by the NORDIS network on online disinformation, following the meetings in Aarhus and Oslo. The objective of the event is to provide a cross-disciplinary picture of academic research on disinformation in the Nordics, to relate it to non-academic perspectives and to foster collaboration.

The symposium will take place on February 11, 2021 and will be fully online. Free-of-charge registration is required.

Program overview

09:15-09:20: Welcome
09:25-10:15: Session 1: detection technologies
10:15-10:30: Break
10:30-11:20: Session 2: the ecosystem
11:20-11:35: Break
11:35-12:00: Session 3: technology in practice

13:30-15:00: Panel (Practical perspectives on online disinformation: countering initiatives and challenges)
15:00-15:15: Break
15:15-16:40: Sessions 4 and 5: application areas
16:40-16:45: Closing

Sessions (preliminary)

S1: Detection technologies

Fredrik Johansson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) Sweden
Detecting automatically generated content in an information operations context

Oscar Carl Vik, Odd Gunnar Aspaas & Özlem Özgöbek, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Graph neural network based link prediction in knowledge graphs for disinformation detection

Silje Susanne Alvestad, University of Oslo, Norway
Fakespeak – the language of fake news. Fake news detection based on linguistic cues

Johan Fernquist, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden
Clustering of social media accounts using easy-to-explain attributes

S2: The ecosystem

Ulrika Mörth & Ola Svenonius, Stockholm University, Sweden
The role of Swedish Government communicators as intelligence agents in detecting and countering disinformation

Bente Kalsnes, Kristiania University College, Norway
Practicing digital source criticism

Minna Horowitz,  Mervi Pantti, University of Helsinki, Finland
A Model for Assessing Legacy Media Capacities to Counter Disinformation: Case Public Service Media

Thomas Nygren, Mona Guath & Anton Axelsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
The News Evaluator: An evidence based tool against disinformation

S3: Technology in practice

Mattias Svahn, Stockholm University, Sweden
A Value-driven Approach to Addressing Misinformation in Social Media

Ida A. Nissen, Jessica G. Walter, Marina Charquero-Ballester & Anja Bechmann, Aarhus University, Denmark
A method for assessing fact-checking tools


Confirmed panelists:

  • Richard Allan (European Digital Media Observatory)
  • Kristoffer Egeberg (Faktisk.no)
  • Maria Gunther (Dagens Nyheter)
  • Carl Fredrik Wettermark (Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

S4: Applications (1)

Mikko Kivelä, Aalto University, Finland
Echo Chambers, Experts and Activists: Networks of Political Communication (ECANET)

Yan Xia, Aalto University, Finland
Examining the Spreading Virality of Tweets in Climate Discussions

Alexandra R. Kratschmer, Rebekah Brita Baglini, Ana Paulla Braga Mattos, Byurakn Ishkhanyan, & Christina Rejkjær Dideriksen, Aarhus University, Denmark
A mixed-methods cross-cultural study of the vaccination debate on social media

S5: Applications (2)

Eva Mayerhöffer & Sander Schwartz, Roskilde University, Denmark
Angry sharing. How hyper-partisan Facebook users may enhance the spread of online disinformation

Luca Rossi, IT University Copenhagen, Denmark, Matteo Magnani, Alexandra Segerberg, Uppsala University, Sweden
Coordinated link-sharing behaviors of climate change YouTube videos on Facebook


Symposium chair: Matteo Magnani, InfoLab, Uppsala University.

Co-organizers: Anja Bechmann (Aarhus University), Luca Rossi (IT University Copenhagen) and Oscar Westlund (Oslo Metropolitan University).

Inquiries about the event should be sent to Matteo Magnani via email: matteo.magnani@it.uu.se


Participation is free but registration is mandatory to receive a link to the online event:


Deadline to register: January 31