Misinformation is a global challenge, but successful mitigations must come from the communities affected and not be imposed by external entities.

This talk will present Co·Insights, a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to empower local communities to identify and mitigate the most pernicious misinformation online. We seek a world in which all people regardless of their languages, locations, and incomes have the ability to effectively locate the most relevant and pertinent information, evaluate the quality of that information, and make the decisions they want.

In close partnership with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the United States, we are building the knowledge, collaborations, and software needed to empower community leaders to effectively identify and counter misinformation online. AAPI communities are dramatically underserved by current misinformation interventions due to the variety of languages involved, use of alternative platforms, and limited understanding of the diverse social issues affecting the many ethnic groups within the broad umbrella of AAPI.

Our consortium brings together community leaders, academics, and technologists from Meedan, a technology nonprofit building software and programmatic initiatives to strengthen journalism and media literacy; the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and its FactCheck.org project; the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Connecticut, University of Colorado Boulder, and Rutgers University; DesiFacts; Piyaoba; Tayo; and Viet Fact Check.

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023
11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. BST