The use of information has changed considerably in recent years due to the development of social networks. People exchange information with unprecedented speed and immediately discover every corner of the world. Although this can be seen as progress, it can also lead to the dissemination of false information, which poses a significant risk to society. EUNOMIA was founded to find a solution to combat false news. The open source platform uses block string technology that protects users’ data and provides them with tools to verify the accuracy of the content they see as part of routine hygiene information.

To find out more about this project, Blasting News interviewed four members of EUNOMIA. From George Lucas – coordinator of EUNOMIA and professor at the University of Greenwich – to Sorin Adam Matthew – professor of communication at Purdue University in the United States – four experts are present in a series of exclusive interviews with this international consortium funded by the European Commission, which provides a decentralised open source social media platform to enable users of social media rather than large institutions.

Blasting News is part of a consortium developing EUNOMIA.

George Lucas, EUNOMIA coordinator and professor at the University of Greenwich, tells us more about the project – a user-centric open source platform that helps social media users combat misinformation, and how journalists can and should help.

He does not like being told what to believe and therefore thinks that EUNOMIA, which allows the user to think about what is and what is not misinformation, is a tool that can be used to combat false messages in social media.

Most of the social media we use today are based on the idea that engagement must be driven by an emotional response to content, says Sorin Adam Matei, a professor at Purdue Brian Lamb University’s School of Communication in the United States.

We propose a different process where we invite users to think first.

Matei explains how the EUNOMIA project is developing a decentralised open source social media platform that helps users determine the validity of information.

EUNOMIA wants to give people a chance to assess the credibility of the content, even if it comes from people they trust. If you start to doubt the reliability, you continue your search for the truth, says Pinelopi Trullinu, an analyst in the trilateral research department.

Mr Trollinov explains how the EUNOMIA project encourages users of social media to recognise the risks they run and the power they have, not only in their own lives, but also in the lives of others, when using social media.

Mr Trollinov describes how EUNOMIA is putting the users of social media at the heart of its project to raise awareness of our daily consumption of information and hopefully make the digital world a better place.

We want to propose a new paradigm. Klitos Christodoulou, Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Management and MIS – Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia (UNIC) in Cyprus, sums up the bold ambitions of the EUNOMIA project.

Crystal explains how EUNOMIA uses block technology to create a platform that protects users’ data and gives them the tools to verify the credibility of the content they see for themselves.

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