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Who leads this effort?

 Following the European Commission Communication on tackling online disinformation, SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis) has been launched to provide support to a European community that will jointly fight disinformation!
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ATC

Athens Technology Center, a tech expert on fighting disinformation. ATC actively develops content verification tools, like Truly Media and TruthNest, thanks to research financed by the European Commission and funding from Google’s Digital News Initiative.

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Pagella Politica

Pagella Politica, an experienced fact-checker dedicated to verifying claims made by politicians and public figures, using publicly available or specifically requested data, facts and figures.

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LUISS

LUISS Guido Carli, an international research centre focusing on social media, data science and digital humanities. LUISS Data Lab will offer its unique expertise into enriching existing tools with more functionalities and algorithms.

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Aarhus University

Aarhus University, an expert in big data collection and applied machine learning on social media data. Member of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Disinformation. Aarhus will contribute to the mapping of existing solutions on disinformation modelling.

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T6Eco

T6 Ecosystems srl, a consulting and research SME with extensive experience in participating and co-ordinating national and international research and innovation projects. T6 will develop an impact assessment methodology to quantify and measure the impact of disinformation.

A variety of fact checking tools just for you!

We have partnered with other EU-funded projects to provide all the members of the Observatory with feature-rich tools to support your daily activities!

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EUNOMIA
EUNOMIA project will support you with an intermediary-free, decentralized platform to help determine the source of a piece of information, how this information has been modified and how likely it is to be trustworthy. This tool includes a blockchain-based infrastructure and a digital companion which uses AI to analyze content and context. Finally it will allow you to vote for the trustworthiness of social media posts.
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WEVERIFY
WeVerify project will provide you with a specialized verification plugin, enhanced image, video, and textual content verification tools, advanced social network analysis tools and with an intelligent verification companion (in the form of a chat bot).
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PROVENANCE
PROVENANCE will provide you with an intermediary-free solution for digital content verification that gives greater control to users of social media and underpins the dynamics of social sharing in values of trust, openness and fair participation.
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SocialTruth
SocialTruth will provide you with an open, democratic and distributed ecosystem that allows easy access to various verification services ensuring scalability, and establishing trust in a completely decentralized environment.

What are SOMA project expected results?

The Observatory
A network of experts monitoring online disinformation
Media Literacy
Dedicated training programs
Excellence
2 national centres for research around disinformation
Impact assessment
A methodology to assess the impact of verification tools and media literacy strategies
Measurement
Establishment of the Source Transparency Index (STI)
Benchmarking
Roadmap for best practices in content verification

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17 Jul: SOMA activities review #2 is out!

What a ride these last three months have been! From May to this date in July 2019, we toured around Europe and even got to South Africa, spreading our message upon the need to fight disinformation. Yet, the highlights of this period were the launch of our two (2) excellence centers in Denmark and Italy.

15 Jul: SOMA speaks to European Science Media Lab about the Fight Against Disinformation

SOMA project coordinator, Nikos Sarris, Head of the Innovation Lab in Athens Technology Center (ATC), along with Anja Bechmann, Professor of Media Studies and Director…

03 Jul: SOMA @ Global Fact Check 6

SOMA took part to the sixth edition of Global Fact which was held on 19-21 June 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Organized by the…

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