Lyon, France
23 - 27 April 2018

Journalism, Misinformation
and Fact Checking

Misinformation has been spreading on the Web since its inception as an hyperconnected searchable medium, but recent developments, both in technology, the information ecosystem, and society at large, have made it more prominent, calling for more investigation on the topic.

As “fake news” (false or inaccurate articles fabricated for deceptive and financial purposes and presented as news reports), computational propaganda, astroturf, and ideological polarization become more common on the Web and the social Web, a cross-cutting and interdisciplinary approach is needed.

This track welcomes papers exploring the range of computational, social, cognitive, economic, and communication topics related to the above phenomena. Specifically, the track will examine recent computational approaches for detecting misinformation and propaganda on the Web and social media, as well as proposals to improve fact checking, critical thinking, information and media literacy, crowdsourcing, and societal decision-making processes.

Accepted papers will be published in the official satellite proceedings.

Misinformation Track Chairs:

  • Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia (Indiana University Network Science Institute)
  • Kristina Lerman (USC-Information Sciences Institute)
  • Panagiotis Takis Metaxas (Wellesley College)

Contact: misinfochairs (at)

Program Committee:

  • Harith Alani (Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University)
  • Jisun An (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  • Joshua Benton (Nieman Lab, Harvard University)
  • Guido Caldarelli (Institute for Complex System, Italian National Research Council)
  • Carlos Castillo (Eurecat – Technology Centre of Catalonia)
  • James Caverlee (Texas A&M University)
  • Meeyoung Cha (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology / Facebook, Inc.)
  • Robin Cohen (University of Waterloo)
  • Nicholas Diakopoulos (University of Maryland)
  • Lucia Falzon (Defence Science and Technology Group)
  • Emilio Ferrara (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California)
  • Aram Galstyan (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California)
  • Kelly Garrett (Ohio State University)
  • Amira Ghenai (University of Waterloo)
  • Yevgeniy Golovchenko (University of Copenhagen)
  • Nir Grinberg (Northeastern University / Harvard University)
  • Noriko Hara (Indiana University)
  • Naeemul Hassan (University of Mississippi)
  • Jim Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Jeff Jarvis (Tow-Knight Center, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism)
  • Prakruthi Karuna (George Mason University)
  • Brian Keegan (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Johannes Kiesel (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)
  • Hemank Lamba (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Gerry Lanosga (Indiana University)
  • Dongwon Lee (Penn State University)
  • Xiao Ma (Cornell Tech)
  • Alexios Mantzarlis (International Fact-Checking Network, Poynter Institute)
  • Winter Mason (Facebook, Inc.)
  • Gregory Maus (Indiana University)
  • Miriam Metzger (University of California Santa Barbara)
  • An Mina (Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University)
  • Tanushree Mitra (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Elaheh Momeni (University of Vienna)
  • Fred Morstatter (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California)
  • Eni Mustafaraj (Wellesley College)
  • Christine Ogan (Indiana University)
  • John Paolillo (Indiana University)
  • David Rothschild (Microsoft Research)
  • Giancarlo Ruffo (University of Turin)
  • Kazutoshi Sasahara (Nagoya University)
  • Nishanth Sastry (King’s College London)
  • Craig Silverman (Buzzfeed)
  • Emmanuel Vincent (Climate Feedback)
  • Tim Weninger (University of Notre Dame)
  • Christo Wilson (Northeastern University)
  • Jun Yang (Duke University)
  • Cong Yu (Google Research)
  • Amy Zhang (Massachussets Institute of Technology)

Important dates:

  • Misinfo full papers submission deadline : 05 January 2018
  • Misinfo papers acceptance notification : 14 February 2018
  • Misinfo papers final version due : 25 February 2018

All submission deadlines are at 9:00pm HAST.

See copyright note on main CFP page