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Open Distributed Digital Content Verification for Hyper-connected Sociality

Objective

The extreme growth and adoption of Social Media, in combination with their poor governance and the lack of quality control over the digital content being published and shared, has led information veracity to a continuous deterioration. Current approaches entrust content verification to a single centralised authority, lack resilience towards attempts to successfully “game” verification checks, and make content verification difficult to access and use. In response, SocialTruth’s ambition is to create an open, democratic, pluralistic and distributed ecosystem that allows easy access to various verification services (both internal and third-party), ensuring scalability and establishing trust in a completely decentralized environment. The distinctive advantages are: a) avoidance of vendor lock-in through access to configurable combinations of various content analytics and verification services (with support for text, image and video content) via standard Application Programming Interfaces; b) distributed trust and reputation establishment powered by blockchain technology, ensuring immutability and auditability, revealing information cascades and empowering an information veracity observatory; c) integration of lifelong learning approach for detection of new paradigms of fake news; d) easy interaction through a Digital Companion that allows convenient everyday access of individual users to verification services from within their browsers. SocialTruth will benefit: a) Individual users to verify the validity of Social Media content and prevent misinformation spread; b) Media organisations, content authors and journalists to boost their investigative capabilities by enabling improved cross-checking of various multimedia information sources; c) Search engines, Social Media platforms and e-advertising networks to improve information veracity and contribute into a more sustainable and quality-oriented web and social media ecosystem.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Address
Patission Str. 42
10682 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 380 000

Participants (10)

THALES SIX GTS FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 497 077
Address
Avenue Des Louvresses 4
92230 Gennevilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADN-KRONOS SOCIETA' PER AZIONI AGENZIA GIORNALISTICA DI INFORMAZZIONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 134 750
Address
Piazza Mastai 9
00153 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EXPERT SYSTEM FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 373 100
Address
Rue De Bercy Tour Mattei 207
75012 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIATIA INFOCONS
Romania
EU contribution
€ 77 000
Address
Strada Neagoe Basarab, Nr. 21, Cristian
500209 Brasov
Activity type
Other
LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Borough Road 103
SE10AA London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
QWANT
France
EU contribution
€ 320 600
Address
7 Rue Spontini
75116 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECOMS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 96 250
Address
Via Del Banco Di S. Spirito 42
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNO PRZYRODNICZY IM JANA I JEDRZEJA SNIADECKICH W BYDGOSZCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 252 500
Address
Al. Prof. Sylwestra Kaliskiego 7
85 796 Bydgoszcz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ZANASI ALESSANDRO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 60 375
Address
Via G B Amici 29
41100 Modena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DE AGOSTINI SCUOLA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 88 375
Address
Via Giovanni Da Verrazzano 15
28100 Novara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)