The third MEDIATE workshop will be held on June 6, as part of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM). The main goal of the workshop is to bring together media practitioners and technologists to discuss new opportunities and obstacles that arise in the modern era of information diffusion. This year's theme is: Misinformation: new directions in automation, real-world applications, and interventions. You can also check the program and recorded talks of the 2020 and 2021 editions of MEDIATE.
A great deal of attention is paid to the spread of false/mis-/dis- information in media. But misinformation spreaders also share articles from reputable sources, sometimes including news outlets to which they're ideologically opposed. Why? We argue that understanding the misinformation landscape isn't just about factual truthfulness, it's about understanding the way that people's prior conceptions influence their perceptions. I'll describe work in which we've constructed a dataset to look at the sharing behavior of misinformation spreaders, and analysis suggesting that sharing true information can be connected with the way that information fits in with existing narratives from fake-news sources.
The vaccine enterprise has failed to keep pace with the changing global dynamics, and engage the alternative voices much earlier, partly because it didn't believe that what is happening now could ever happen. And there is still denial among some. Resistance to vaccines is a growing problem threatening global health. Prof Larson will discuss some of the roots of this resistance, consider the new challenges in the face of our hyper-connected media landscape and propose ways to move forward.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
We invite submissions of technical papers and talk proposals:
Important Dates (all deadlines are 23:59, AoE):