Mapping (in)nocent lies in the digital information sphere: Causes and
Deadline for abstracts: 30 March 2022

In 2016, fake news, as a term that is not enough to define misleading
information that users face particularly in the social media
environment, has become a global phenomenon via its dramatic expansion
and the emerging discussions on the post-truth. Since 2016, many studies
have been made to determine the problem in different manners and fight
against the spread of information that may harm society. Despite all the
efforts to find out who produces and spreads false information, why and
how, and despite recent progress in detecting misleading information,
because of the complexity of the issue, there is still a long way to go.

In recent years the digital divide has caused an uneven distribution of
information and it has created digital inequalities. Especially during
the pandemic, while people who have minimum access to “Information and
Communication Technologies” (ICTs), have struggled to adapt to this new
life which is mostly based on wires, people who have access but don’t
have digital media literacy skills to detect false information,
struggled to find the truth on the net because of the huge information
pollution. Particularly, within the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, since
2020, many people (re)shared information about conspiracy theories about
vaccines and their benefits or harms. Especially in transition countries
vulnerable groups such as refugees, migrants were claimed to be
potential Covid-19 carriers, and sometimes those rumors were utilized as
an excuse and shaped states’ politics like illegal pushbacks of
refugees. Additionally, in order to detect false information some
countries adapted strict social and digital media regulations which
raised concerns about freedom of expression. As it can be observed, the
ways and causes of the spread of false information in the digital sphere
seem to be “innocent lies”, but these can have harmful societal effects
nationally and internationally. In this regard, it becomes crucial to
map out these “nocent lies” within the complex socio-political and
socio-economic background. In this edited book, we would like to focus
on how the spread of misleading information in the digital sphere and as
a result this digital information sphere full of digital threats affects
people all around the world.

  From studies on the post-truth discussions to populism, and any form
of information disorder, much research has been done before. Some
academics focused on the source of false/misleading information such as
troll armies, utilization of bot accounts, fake accounts, etc. while
others concentrated on state regulations developed to control
information flow, which may harm pluralism and democracy. Some others
examined the policies of social platforms which tend to promote
dramatic, sensational, and emotional content since algorithms of those
platforms are profit-oriented and optimize the time that the users spend
in the system, etc.

This edited book aims to cover different aspects of the matter within an
interdisciplinary framework discussed in any field of social sciences
  and other disciplines. In this regard, we would like to share a global
call and ask for abstracts through a peer-review process. These are the
selected topics include but are not limited to:

• Digital divide and digital inequalities
• The policy of digital platforms against the struggle with the spread
of ‘fake news’
• Computational propaganda and algorithmic bias
• Studies on biased/racist social media algorithms
• Social media regulations of states on tackling with disinformation,
misinformation, and fake news
• Social lynching caused by misleading/false information
• Discrimination, hate speech, racism through ‘fake news’ namely
misinformation and disinformation
• Misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories and/or any form of
an information disorder which affect society’s reception on political,
cultural, and social agenda
• False information and conspiracy theories which have been harming
public health during the pandemic
• Studies on (digital) media literacy related to develop a better
understanding on the fight against ‘fake news’
• How the spread of false content in the digital sphere harms
vulnerable, underrepresented groups (such as LGBTIQQ+, minorities,
immigrants, refugees, other disadvantaged groups who has limited access
to education, health, work, etc.)
• Critical studies on the discrimination of certain group of people
because of the circulation of false information about their group identity
• Studies on the spread of hatred discourses  on social media against
vulnerable groups through  the circulation of false information
• Studies on the false information started to spread on social media and
covered by traditional media
• Studies on the interchanging roles between new and traditional media
about false content
• Studies on user experience and consumer behavior which may affect
information sphere
• Digital threats such as trolls, bots, AI  news generators, etc. which
may harm the information sphere

Important Notice: Authors are free to suggest related subjects in
accordance with the call for paper. Abstracts (min 300, max 500 words)
should be sent to [log in to unmask]
<> by 30 March 2022.
In April 2022, authors of accepted abstracts will be informed. They are
expected to send their final manuscript by the end of July. The
manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines of Taylor and
Francis as we are in the pre-contract process with the publisher
No payment from the authors will be required.

Short Bio’s:
Tirºe Erbaysal Filibeli is an associate professor of media and
communications. She received her M.A. degree and Ph.D. from Galatasaray
University in Media and Communication Studies. In 2018 she co-edited
“Journalism a Peacekeeping Agent at the Time of Conflict” and in 2020
She edited “Information Nightmare: Fake News, Manipulation and
Post-truth Politics in the Digital Age”. Since 2016 she is working as a
researcher in the country team of Turkey for Media Pluralism Monitor
Project of Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom (CMPF) founded by EU. 
In 2016, she worked as a special rapporteur for Hrant Dink Foundation,
Asulis Discourse, Dialogue, Democracy Laboratory and contributed the
report entitled “A new Discourse, Dialogue and Democracy against
Discrimination”. She is the country team leader of the ongoing Erasmus+
Project titled “Ermiscom Common Curricula for Diversity in Media and
Integration of Vulnerable Groups”. She has many national and
international publications in Turkish, English and French. Her recent
research interests focus on algorithmic manipulation and computational
propaganda, big data and data privacy, information disorder and
fact-checking, disinformation/misinformation about minorities and
othering in the post-truth era, populism, and peace studies.  She has
been working as the chair of the Department of New Media at Bahcesehir
University since 2018.

Melis Öneren Özbek is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies. She
studied Theater, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Vienna in
Austria, where she holds her master of philosophy (Mag.phil). After
working in the international media and communication sectors, she
started her PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at Bahcesehir University. As
a PhD candidate, she is currently working on her dissertation on racism
in German media. She wrote various film and TV critics on independent
cinema and media platforms in Turkey. She presented papers on
acknowledged conferences about narrating xenophobia in film, racism and
migration in German media, and published articles on New Turkish Cinema
in SineCine (2021) and on Turkish-German cinema in Studies in European
Cinema Journal (In Review, 2022).