Co·Insights is a convergence of computational social science and ethnographic inquiry with a unique platform that enables community, fact-checking, and academic organizations to work together to respond effectively to misinformation targeting communities. We are building Co·Insights in partnership with Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities who 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.
Co·Insights was designed based on ethnographic research with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We conducted more than 40 interviews with AAPI community organizations, fact-checkers, academics, and platforms. The Co·Insights consortium includes world-leading academics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rutgers University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Colorado Boulder, and misinformation startup AuCoDe.
Disinformation targeting AAPI communities is too often out-of-sight from mainstream misinformation response efforts: it is in languages and on platforms beyond not traditionally considered in the United States. Co·Insights brings together community organizations, academics, and fact-checkers to address misleading and harmful narratives. In this way we're fostering interracial solidarities, greater understanding, and better democracy.
We're focused on providing context for wedge issues. Even factual events can be presented in misleading and unhelpful ways. Rather than chasing the latest misinformation, we're proactively providing context on divisive and misleading narratives.