Social media,
Online Disinformation
and Elections


Third international workshop on rumours and deception in social media (RDSM), 2020

Event information

Summer school on computational misinformation analysis, 2019

Organised by the SoBigData project, with support from the WeVerify project

25–28 June 2019, King's College London

The recent past has highlighted the influential role of social networks and other digital media in shaping public debate on current affairs and political issues. Disinformation and the hyper-partisan media distort societal debates, increase polarisation, and threaten participatory democracy. For instance, the surprising success of Brexit and Trump's election has been, at least partially, attributed to the unprecedented weave of false information that in both cases have polluted online debate before the vote.

Not only does misinformation get significant attention and shares, but also alternative narratives often try to gain credibility through reusing content from mainstream media, often framed so as to undermine reader confidence in the latter.

The aim of this summer school was, firstly, to set out the state-of-the-art and challenges in computational misinformation analysis, followed by lectures and hands-on practical sessions on relevant  methods, tools, and datasets.

Summer school programme


Leading experts on misinformation analysis, drawn from the WeVerify, InVID, PHEME, and SoBigData projects.

Lecturer names, schedule and details are in the summer school programme.

The summer school was organised by Professor Kalina Bontcheva, the University of Sheffield.

Software tools

Gephi (network analysis)

GATE (rumour analysis, text and social media analytics)

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