Computational Journalism & Misinformation

in the Generative AI era

AI UK Fringe Event

25 Mar 2024 - 12.00 GMT


The Computational Journalism and Misinformation in the Generative AI era event aims to bring together academics and practitioners around Computational Journalism and Misinformation to present their work and participate in a panel around the current directions and future avenues with respect to Generative AI and misinformation. Our event is part of The Alan Turing Institute’s series of AI UK Fringe events aiming to bring together leading members in AI to present, discuss and engage with the audience around their research and current research advancements.

This is a hybrid event taking place on the 25th March 2024 12.00-17.00 GMT as an AI UK Fringe event at the 1st floor of The Alan Turing Institute, London.

Our main themes of interest are:

  1. Explainable and evidence-based misinformation detection
  2. Generative AI and misinformation
  3. Multimodal verification

Invited Speakers

Carolina Scarton Senior Lecturer in NLP, University of Sheffield
Generative AI and Disinformation: Recent Advances, Challenges, and Opportunities

Carolina Scarton is a Senior Lecturer in Natural Language Processing at the Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK. She is a member of the Natural Language Processing group and part of the GATE team and her research interests include online disinformation analysis, machine translation, text simplification, NLP evaluation, and multilingual and multimodal NLP applications. In 2017, she was awarded a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield, funded by the EXPERT project (a Marie Curie ITN network). She also has a MSc and a BSc degree from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Dr Scarton is the Sheffield PI of two research projects on the area of disinformation analysis (EDMO Ireland, funded by the European Commission and HORIZON EU VIGILANT, funded by Innovate UK) and acts as a CO-I for one project in disinformation analysis (HORIZON EU, funded by Innovate UK) and one project in idiomaticity processing (funded EPSRC). She is also the Scientific Coordinator for the VIGILANT project and the secretary for the European Association for Machine Translation.

Felix M. Simon Dieter Schwarz Scholar | Oxford Internet Institute & Balliol College
Putting Things in Perspective: Generative AI, Misinformation, and Threats to Democracy

Felix M. Simon is a communication researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) where he has studied the role of AI in over 35 leading international news organisations since 2019 and has worked widely on various aspects of AI, the news, and the public sphere, with a special focus on shifting power dynamics between the news and the tech sector. He is affiliated with Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and works as a research assistant at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). Felix is a former journalist and regularly writes and comments on technology, media, and politics for various international outlets.

Andy Dudfield Head of AI at Full Fact
The impact of AI on Full Fact's fact checking

Andy has led Full Fact’s artificial intelligence team since 2019, developing technology to tackle misinformation at internet scale by serving the needs of fact checkers around the world. Andy was previously the Chief Publishing Officer of the Office for National Statistics and prior to that spent a decade working in product and technology roles at the BBC.


Date & Time: March 25th 2024, 12 PM GMT for in-person attendance/1 PM GMT for online attendance
  • 12:00: Lunch, Registration and Networking
  • 13:00: Opening Remarks
  • 13:10: Invited Talk 1
    • Dr Carolina Scarton

      Generative AI and Disinformation: Recent Advances, Challenges, and Opportunities.
  • 14:00: Invited Talk 2
    • Felix M. Simon

      Putting Things in Perspective: Generative AI, Misinformation, and Threats to Democracy.
  • 14:50: Coffee Break
  • 15:10: Invited Talk 3
    • Andy Dudfield

      The impact of AI on Full Fact's fact checking.
  • 16:00: Panel Discussion


Please register via this form by Wednesday 20th March 2024.


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