Online social networks, news media and web platforms are the way contemporary societies operate for communication, information exchange, business, co- reation, learning and knowledge acquisition. However, the veracity of information circulating in the digital world is often in dispute. Indeed, disinformation and fake news (D&FN) increasingly affect and distort public opinion. National governments and supranational institutions recognize the spread of D&FN as a pernicious social problem. Indeed, the diffusion online of D&FN may have severe consequences.

First, the spread of D&FN might infuse uncertainty and fear, intensify the crisis situations, weaken the European societies aggravating their divisions. In turn, the increase in divisions and fear leads to episodes of physical violence offline and other hate crimes. As such, D&FN have the power to polarise public debates and put the health, security, and environment of EU citizens at risk. Finally, the use of fake accounts, the involvement of AI-generated fake content and the use of bots that can spread D&FN at scale pose additional problems.

FERMI will exploit a holistic and cross-disciplinary methodology towards a framework that will thoroughly analyse D&FN and their sources, in combination with all the socioeconomic factors that may affect both the spreading of such incidents and their effects on multiple dimensions of society. Comprising a set of innovative technological developments, FERMI will facilitate EU Police Authorities to detect and monitor the way that D&FN spread, both in terms of locations and within different segments of the society, and to put in place relevant security countermeasures; it will produce and diffuse tailor- ade training material designed for i) European Police Authorities, ii) other professionals and stakeholders, iii) EU citizens for combating the spread and limiting the
impact of D&FN and increasing digital trust.


IANUS is leading the T2.1 User Requirements Elicitation: Updating and finetuning end users' needs, which aims to identify and comprehend the LEA specificities for the realization of the FERMI framework by documenting their needs. Furthermore is the leader of T2.4 Experimentation protocol: Use cases' refinement and pathway towards FERMI validation, which focuses, through the development of specific use case scenarios, on creating the pilot scenario to be followed in WP5. The scenarios to be followed by each pilot will be defined, by scripting and matching all the steps to be taken in order to allow the pilots to validate the whole FERMI solution under the light of each LEA competence. Finally IANUS leads the WP5 Pilot Demonstration and Validation campaign which aims to define the scope and the exact requirements per pilot, what is the current status, and what is expected to be achieved through the use of the FERMI, to organize, deploy and operate the three pilots, which will demonstrate and validate the project’s concept and approach, to successful integrate cross-hospital pilots and SME offerings and to evaluate pilot results based on the predefined KPIs.