The University of Latvia (LU) will lead the research activity “Artificial intelligence for debunking disinformation” (“Al4Debunk”) to create reliable online activities and artificial intelligence tools to protect against disinformation, LU informed.
AI4Debunk aims to “revolutionize the fight against disinformation” and support trustworthy online activity. By developing AI-based and human-centered tools, the project is committed to protecting democratic values and fostering a more informed and resilient society in response to the challenges posed by the digital age.
The head of the project, Professor Inna Šteinbuka of the University of Warsaw, considers the fight of “infodemic” global narratives in which the European Union (EU) is involved as very challenging: “Russia and China are very experienced in organizing toxic disinformation campaigns against the EU, the purpose of which is the struggle for influence.” On the other hand, the use of artificial intelligence solutions could serve as a “powerful tool” for exposing disinformation.
The plan is to develop four human-centric AI-powered interfaces: a web plugin, a collaboration platform, a smartphone app, and an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) interface based on a first-of-its-kind open source unmasking application interface.
The plugin will be designed to integrate with web browsers and social media platforms, providing instant notifications to users when they encounter false content, regardless of format. As for the collaborative platform, it will allow users to report suspicious content, which will then be vetted by experts. In turn, using the app, people will be able to detect misinformation on their smartphone. The AR/VR interface will provide guidelines on how to deal with misinformation on social media going forward.
The project was launched in January this year and will be implemented for the next four years. The interdisciplinary consortium includes 13 partners from eight countries.