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Workshop in relation to the "Fakespeak" project

Join a workshop in relation to the project "Fakespeak - the language of fake news" on Tuesday and Wednesday 16th and 17th of February. 

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Photo credit: Silje Susanne Alvestad

The linguistics-driven project "Fakespeak - the language of fake news. Fake news detection based on linguistic cues" involves a core team of linguists and computer scientists based in Norway and the UK. They seek to reveal the grammatical and stylistic features of the language of fake news, referred to as "Fakespeak", in English, Norwegian and Russian. The overall aim of the project is to enable fake news detection systems to discover and flag potentially harmful fake news items in a more accurate, efficient and timely manner than offered by current state-of-the-art systems.


The aim with the workshop is to provide a background for the project, and shed light on the problem of fake news and misinformation from different perspectives. 


Programme Tuesday 16th of February

Public session I. Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 644 6478 5977      Passcode: 401614

  • 9:00-9:15 Silje Susanne Alvestad and Christine Meklenborg Nilsen (Head of Department, ILOS) Welcome
  • 9:15-9:45 Edson C. Tandoc Jr. (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Scholarly definitions of fake news
  • 9:50-10:20 Sharon Levy (University of California, Santa Barbara; On Fakeddit: A New Multimodal Benchmark Dataset for Fine-grained Fake News Detection, and related works from William Wang’s lab
  • 10:20-10:30 Break
  • 10:30-11:00 Geir Hågen Karlsen (Stabsskolen; Influence operations in social and other kinds of media, political communication, one-sided history writing etc. The case of Russia and China 
  • 11:00-12:00 Closed session + break

Public session II. Zoom-link:

Meeting ID: 649 0946 4694   Passcode: 828781

  • 12:00-12:45 Industrial collaboration partners. How do two of our industrial collaboration partners encounter and counter fake news and other kinds of disinformation? How do the fact-checkers at work? What kind of research findings would be of most interest to them? How can we collaborate? (Through a knowledge exchange?)
  • 12:00-12:20 NTB (Geir Terje Ruud/Sarah Sørheim – presentation + discussion
  • 12:20-12:45 (Kristoffer Egeberg – presentation + discussion
  • 12:45-13:00 Closed session II - summary 


Programme Wednesday 17th of February

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