Comm Horizons @ UCD 2024: Information Integrity

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Comm Horizons @UCD 2024

We are excited to announce the first Communication Horizons Conference at UC Davis. This year's theme is "Navigating the Complexities of Information Integrity in a Digital Age". As the digital era evolves, our understanding of information integrity becomes increasingly multifaceted, necessitating a pioneering interdisciplinary approach. This conference is dedicated to exploring the myriad challenges and opportunities that arise as we navigate the intricate landscape of digital information.


Details

  • Dates: May 3 - 5, 2024
  • Location: Department of Communication, University of California Davis
  • Questions: email horizonconf@ucdavis.edu
  • Registration is free. Travel funding is not provided.

Call for Submissions

This year’s theme focuses on information integrity. Information integrity refers to the reliability and ethical presentation of digital information, ensuring its accuracy and fairness amidst the complex interplay of technology and human biases. Our aim is to foster groundbreaking research and generate insightful discussions that examine the robustness of fact-checking mechanisms, delve into the ethical implications of AI and algorithmic decision-making, and understand the dynamics of misinformation and disinformation. By bringing together experts from diverse academic backgrounds, we are creating a platform for sharing cutting-edge research, innovative methodologies, and comprehensive analyses. This conference represents a unique opportunity for scholars to influence the discourse on information integrity and share valuable insights that shape the future of our digital society. Suitable topics are not limited to, but include: 

  • Misinformation, Disinformation, and Strategies to Combat Them 
  • Fact-Checking, Verification, and Correction Techniques 
  • AI Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency 
  • Credibility and Accuracy in Digital Media 
  • Digital Information Ecosystem Dynamics 
  • Ideological Segregation, Filter Bubbles, and Echo Chambers 
  • Selective Exposure and Selection Biases 

Submission Guidelines

We invite original empirical research, theoretical arguments, methodological advances, data donations, and research syntheses. Two submission types will be considered: 

Extended Abstract: A 500-word (excluding title page, references, tables, figures) summary of the research. Empirical submissions should describe a project where data collection has been completed and should include a presentation of preliminary results. Works where data collection is in progress will not be considered. 

Special Issue in Journal of Media Psychology: A special issue on Information Integrity is scheduled for the Journal of Media Psychology with an expected publication date in 2025 (CFP TBA). Submissions should be 2,000 words (excluding title page, references, tables, figures) and report results from a completed project that corresponds to the call for papers. All submissions will be considered for the conference; top submissions will be invited for the special issue. 

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: March 17, 2024, Anywhere on Earth (AoE) 
  • Decisions: March 29, 2024 
  • Conference Dates: May 3 – 5, 2024 

Submission Process: 

Please email submissions to the Conference Organizers (horizonconf@ucdavis.edu). Please submit a .pdf file. Submissions do not need to be blinded.


Agenda*

Friday May 3, 2024

  • Mohrman Lecture (Invited Keynote; TBA) 

Saturday May 4, 2024

  • Presentations + Invited Keynote (TBA) 

Sunday May 5, 2024

  • Wine Tasting in Napa (Optional) 

*A more detailed agenda will be released along with decision notifications. 


Travel Information

Airports

  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF): 20 Miles from campus
  • Oakland International Airport: 75 Miles from campus
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 80 Miles from campus (we strongly advise against this option)

Airport Transportation
The Davis Airporter shuttle offers transportation from SMF ($30 each way) and SFO ($105 each way).

Hotels
There are many hotel options in downtown Davis that are a short walk from campus. If you are looking for specific recommendations, the Aggie Inn and Hyatt Place UC Davis are comfortable and well-located.


Conference Organizers

This conference is organized by Drs. Richard HuskeyHeather Jane Hether, and Soojong Kim. Support for the conference itself is generously provided by the Department of Communication at UC Davis.

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