SOMA kick-off meeting

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The SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis) project, co-funded by the European Commission in Horizon 2020, held its kick-off meeting on 14-15 November 2018 in Athens. Five innovative organizations, distinguished and experienced for providing technologies and models for fake news verification, met to coordinate their joint plan to formulate and support the European Observatory against Disinformation.

The SOMA project initiated on November 1st, 2018, and within its 30-months duration, aims to equip the “hunters” of misleading news with the appropriate tools that will enable them to do their job in the most efficient and accurate way. At the same time, it seeks to bring fact checkers together with news organizations, social media innovators, researchers and policy-makers in order to

  • constitute the core of 2 national centers for research around disinformation
  • formulate a methodology to assess the impact of verification tools and media literacy strategies
  • establish a commonly accepted Source Transparency Index (STI)
  • provide a roadmap for best practices in content verification

SOMA is a collaboration between 3 countries: Athens Technology Center (ATC, Greece), coordinating the project; Pagella Politica (Italy), LUISS Data Lab (Italy), T6Ecosystems (Italy) and the University of Aarhus (Denmark) will play an active role.

The SOMA project is a new European Coordination and Support action, under grant agreement No 825469.