Yan Leng and Ying Ding
Tuesday June 23, 2020 4pm-5pm EDT
Bio Yan Leng:
Bio Ying Ding:
Dr. Ying Ding is Bill & Lewis Suit Professor at School of Information, University of Texas at Austin. Before that, she was a professor and director of graduate studies for data science program at School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University. She has been involved in various NIH, NSF and European-Union funded projects. She has published 240+ papers in journals, conferences, and workshops, and served as the program committee member for 200+ international conferences. She is the co-editor of book series called Semantic Web Synthesis by Morgan & Claypool publisher, the co-editor-in-chief for Data Intelligence published by MIT Press and Chinese Academy of Sciences, and serves as the editorial board member for several top journals in Information Science and Semantic Web. She is the co-founder of Data2Discovery company advancing cutting edge AI technologies in drug discovery and healthcare. Her current research interests include data-driven science of science, AI in healthcare, Semantic Web, knowledge graph, data science, scholarly communication, and the application of Web technologies.
Talk Title: Analysis of misinformation during the COVID-19 outbreak in China: cultural, social and political entanglements
Abstract: COVID-19 resulted in an infodemic, which could erode public trust, impede virus containment, and outlive the pandemic itself. Using misinformation identified by the fact-checking platform by Tencent and posts on Weibo, we show that the evolution of misinformation follows an issue-attention cycle, pertaining to topics such as city lockdown, cures, and preventions, and school reopening. Moreover, social media has a complicated relationship with established or legacy media systems. Sometimes they reinforce each other, but in general, social media may have a topic cycle of its own making.
Past Seminar Videos
Sumeet Kumar - Social Media Analytics for Stance Mining with Examples from Corona Virus Discussions on Twitter
David A. Broniatowski Ph.D. - Can communicating the gist combat systematic online distortions of public opinion on health topics? (with new insights from COVID19)
Jacob N. Shapiro Ph.D. - Early Evidence on COVID-19 Misinformation and Detecting Online Influence Efforts