Princeton Research on Covid-19 Misinformation Fuels Partnership with Microsoft Research

Last month, Jacob N. Shapiro, co-director of Princeton University’s Empirical Studies of Conflict Project(ESOC), asked ESOC research specialist Jan Oledan to look at misinformation narratives concerning the coronavirus. Since then, the effort has grown into a full-fledged research project and collaboration between ESOC and Microsoft Research. “Our ultimate goal is to contribute ground truth on narratives so that researchers can develop better knowledge about who shares misinformation and its impact. This also will help industry partners like Microsoft develop better tools to prevent their systems from spreading it,” said Shapiro, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.