21 September 2020 - 10:00 to 15 October 2020 - 16:00

CLARIN organises a virtual hackathon on the detection of disinformation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disinformation and fake news have been a growing concern all over the world within the last years. With the global COVID-19 pandemic, this issue has become even more urgent and is calling for methods for the detection of disinformation based on scientific insights. Collaboration between such fields as (computational) linguistics, data science and other related disciplines can yield significant progress by using existing data to classify disinformation or even to predict to a certain degree whether a piece of text is likely to be misinterpreting the facts.

With this hackathon, CLARIN intends to bring together cross-disciplinary groups of researchers to work on the task of disinformation detection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are invited to use existing data sets containing disinformation and fake news in order to create algorithmic solutions to research questions of their choice, e.g. by assigning the likelihood for a text to be disinformation or automatically detecting re-postings of known conspiracy theories even if they are rephrased. Analytical and comparative contributions are also welcome.

Overall timeline of all related activities: 21 September - 15 October 2020.

For more information visit the CLARIN website.

Please register for free in order to receive the meeting room details.