Scientist: Kalina Bontcheva

Kalina Boncheva ESMH ScientistProfessor Kalina Bontcheva (F) researches misinformation and rumour analysis, social media mining and summarisation, information extraction, and text summarization. Kalina is a world leading expert on rumour detection and veracity, and currently the scientific director of the H2020 WeVerify project. She previously coordinated the PHEME FP7 project on computing veracity of social media content, which was amongst the first projects world-wide to investigate machine learning methods for detection and analysis of online disinformation. In December 2017 Kalina gave oral evidence at the UK DCMS parliamentary committee enquiry on fake news. She is also currently a deputy-coordinator of the SoBigData research infrastructure project, as well as being on the Steering Board of the ELG (European Language Grid) project. Previously she led the Sheffield team in the COMRADES project, which delivered methods for analysing crises-related online misinformation.

A scientist's opinion Kalina Bontcheva, an ESMH interview

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Kalina Bontcheva about Technology & Disinformation

There is a strong need for data protection laws that can adequately address the challenges of user data being misused and harvested without consent by third-party applications, political parties/politicians, researchers, and others.

The promise and limitations of technological solutions to disinformation © Inked Pixels / Shutterstock

The promise and limitations of technological solutions to disinformation

How useful can machine-learning be in dealing with vectors of disinformation such as deep fakes or bots, and what are the implications of AI-powered fact-checking and deprioritising systems for media pluralism and freedom of expression?