Between social good and health misinformation: ISI Foundation joins SocInfo2019 conference on Social Informatics in Qatar

From 18th to 21st November, Doha (Qatar) is hosting SocInfo 2019, the 11th International Conference on Social Informatics. The conference is gathering researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences to share ideas and opinions, and present original research work on studying the interplay between socially-centric platforms and social phenomena.

Among the invited speakers of SocInfo 2019 is ISI Foundation Research Leader Yelena Mejova, who will close the conference, Thursday 21st, with a talk about “Life and Death Battle of Health Misinformation”. Mejova will focus on three case studies on health misinformation (the rumors around Zika virus outbreak, the spread of unproven cancer treatment claims, and the anti-vaccination debate), looking at them through the lenses of machine learning for misinformation classification, cohort identification for user stance tracking, and network science for the quantification of the echo chamber effect.

Co-located with SocInfo 2019 is also the workshop Social Informatics for Social Good, starting Monday 18th at 13.30. Organized by ISI Foundation Scientific Director Ciro Cattuto, with Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis (UN Global Pulse), SISG2019 is exploring how data and data science methods are becoming more central to meeting challenges in social innovation, philanthropy, international development and humanitarian aid. With a growing importance for social impact recently recognized as a key strategic priority by several UN agencies, NGOs, research centers worldwide, as well as funders.

Social Informatics for Social Good, a workshop at SocInfo2019, 18th November 2019, 13.30, Doha (Qatar). Link
“Life and Death Battle of Health Misinformation”, keynote talk, Yelena Mejova, 21st November 2019, 15.30, SocInfo 2019 – 11th International Conference on Social Informatics, Doha (Qatar). Link