Dr. Adriana Kovashka, together with Drs. Yu-Ru Lin and Wen-Ting Chung, received a new research grant from NSF, entitled “Countering COVID-19 Misinformation via Situation-Aware Visually Informed Treatment”
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, countries and cities around the globe have taken stringent measures including quarantine and regional lockdown. The increasing isolation, along with the panic and anxiety, creates challenges for countering misinformation–people are increasingly tapping into online information sources already familiar to them with declining chances of accessing alternative stories. This project will develop mechanisms based on text and image analysis, social psychology, and crowd-sourcing that can be used in a timely manner to counter misinformation during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and beyond. One of the novel features of the approach is to deal with a specific instance of misinformation by crowd-sourcing authentic images that counter this misinformation. This research will contribute to the scientific understanding of misinformation and of persuasive narrative construction, to the assessment of risk for the spread of misinformation, and to the development of mechanisms to counter misinformation.
More information: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2027713