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[Commlist] CfP Misinformation and Disinformation on Digital Platforms Special Issue

Tue Oct 06 12:13:43 GMT 2020

Fronteiras Journal, Brazilian journal of communication, announces call for papers for a special issue on misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms.
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*Misinformation and Disinformation on Digital Platforms in the Pandemic*

*Fronteiras Special Issue*

_Guest editors_
Ronaldo Henn (Unisinos University, Brazil)
Carlos d’Andréa (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)

The emergence of disinformation and misinformation on digital platforms, through the so-called fake news and new forms of circulation, requires efforts from many areas. The presidential elections in Brazil in 2018, as well as the 2016 US elections, revealed the power of affect in circulation of narratives about untrue events. Misinformation and disinformation is especially complicated when it finds circulation on WhatsApp groups. Other problems are orchestrated use of automated accounts, algorithmic biases, practices of content moderation and other forms of governance. In the context of Covid-19 pandemic, disinformation and misinformation is spreading very fast, and the contents are replicated without any confirmation or scientific evidence.  World Health Organization adopted “infodemic” to name not only what is untrue, but also the excess of information. At the same time, deep fake is now dealt with edited images and videos in fictitious situations, enhanced by the action of AI, machine learning and bots.

In this context, *Fronteiras Journal*, an open access journal, invites submissions to our special issue “ *Misinformation and Disinformation on Digital Platforms in the Pandemic*”. The special issue encourages submissions that explore one or more of the following issues:

- Adjustments and innovations in journalism practices
- Changes in scientific practices and fields
- Governance policies on digital platforms
- Production and manipulation of data around pandemic
- Disinformation, misinformation and social/digital inequalities
- Tensions between politics and public health
- Empirical studies on disinformation and misinformation on digital platforms
- Culture of hate and misinformation
- Celebrities, influencers and digital activists in the circulation of disinformation and misinformation
- Fear, panic and anxiety in the circulation of narratives about Covid-19
- Role of bots, deepfakes and AI in circulation of disinformation and misinformation


*November 30, 2020 *Closing date for submission of  500-word abstract - (revistafronteiras /at/ <mailto:(revistafronteiras /at/>

*December 15, 2020 *Invitations to submit full-length papers
*February 15, 2021 *Deadline for submitting full-length papers (between 5,000 and 8,000 words)
*April 30, 2021 *Publication of special issue

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