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Studying fake news spreading, polarisation dynamics, and manipulation by bots: a tale of networks and language

Venerdì 3 febbraio alle 15:30, online su MS Teams, seminario di Giancarlo Ruffo (Università del Piemonte Orientale)

Venerdì 3 febbraio alle 15:30online su MS Teams, si svolge il seminario "Studying fake news spreading, polarisation dynamics, and manipulation by bots: a tale of networks and language" tenuto da Giancarlo Ruffo dell'Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale "Amedeo Avogadro", nell'ambito delle attività organizzate dal gruppo di ricerca Complex Intelligent Systems (CIS) del Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica dell'Università di Catania.


With the explosive growth of online social media, the ancient problem of information disorders interfering with news diffusion has surfaced with a renewed intensity threatening our democracies, public health, and news outlets? credibility. Therefore, thousands of scientific papers have been published in a relatively short period, making researchers of different disciplines struggle with an information overload problem. The aim of this survey is threefold: (1) we present the results of a network-based analysis of the existing multidisciplinary literature to support the search for relevant trends and central publications; (2) we describe the main results and necessary background to attack the problem under a computational perspective; (3) we review selected contributions using network science as a unifying framework and computational linguistics as the tool to make sense of the shared content. Despite scholars working on computational linguistics and networks traditionally belong to different scientific communities, we expect that those interested in the area of fake news should be aware of crucial aspects of both disciplines.

(03 febbraio 2023)

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