Call for papers - Issue 46

Beyond Fake News. Anatomy of Misinformation
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Coordinators: Antonia Ferrer Sapena (UPV), Pere Masip (URL)
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The spreading of false information across different media has been a recurrent theme in recent years. Publications of misleading stories and their dissemination are fuelled by a range of circumstances. In some cases, people are overly hasty in sharing the latest information to reach them, often without taking into account the channel, the medium or the interests of whoever published it; in other cases, there are specific intentions behind the dissemination, with people aiming to achieve ends that may be political, ideological or economic.

Fake news poses a threat to democracy. For this reason it has been denounced by governments, by international organizations such as the European Commission, and by civil movements and organizations such as Xnet (a platform dedicated to the defence of digital rights and freedom of expression), albeit with different and in some cases divergent postulates.

Ensuring the veracity of the information that is disseminated is a responsibility that involves many groups – for example journalists, documentary filmmakers and scientists – and each group uses different techniques to fulfil this responsibility. This monograph aims to encompass articles that reflect on how false information impacts society, on the techniques that currently exist for its control and detection, and on how educating people to assess the quality of information can help generate critical consumption.

In particular, this is a call for papers on:
- Misinformation and post-truth
- Big data techniques to detect false information
- Bots and dissemination of false information: who is behind the mass spread of false or manipulated information?
- Algorithmic transparency: the role of platforms in the control of disinformation
- Education on the use of quality information sources
- The simplicity of messages and the speed of dissemination
- Social media and its impact on the spread of untrue information
- The effects of spreading false information on democratic quality
- Narratives of disinformation
- Fact-checking techniques
- Fake science
- The viability of regulating against disinformation