Dr Tracie Farrell

Research Associate

I am a social data scientist at the Open University, working on the topics of networked misogyny, discrimination and hate speech, as well as disinformation and misinformation. My work typically addresses inequality or intersectionality in the above themes. My background is in learning and cognition, with an interest in how new technologies (such as artificial intelligence, learning analytics, augmented reality, virtual reality, blockchains and peer-to-peer service architecture) create new ways of supporting the learning process (in both formal and non-formal environments).


online harm, misinformation, self-regulated learning, analytics for learning


Piccolo, Lara, Puska, Alisson,Pereira, Roberto and Farrell, Tracie(2020). Pathway to a Human-Values Based Approach to Tackle Misinformation Online. In: Human-Computer Interaction. Human Values and Quality of Life. HCII 2020., Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol 12183, Springer, pp. 510–522.

Burel, Gregoire , Farrell, Tracie, Mensio, Martino, Khare, Prashant and Alani, Harith(2020). Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-Checking Content during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Social Informatics Conference (SocInfo), LNCS.

Farrell, Tracie, Araque, Oscar,Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith(2020). On the use of Jargon and Word Embeddings to Explore Subculture within the Reddit’s Manosphere. In: WebSci'20.

Piccolo, Lara S. G., Joshi, Somya,Karapanos, Evangelos and Farrell, Tracie(2019). Challenging Misinformation: Exploring Limits and Approaches. In: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 (Lamas, David; Loizides, Fernando; Nacke, Lennart; Petrie, Helen; Winckler, Marco and Zaphiris, Panayiotis eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 713–718.

De Lange, Pater, Göschlberger, Bernhard,Farrell, Tracie, Neumann, Alexander Tobias and Klamma, Ralf ,(2019). Decentralized Learning Infrastructures for Community Knowledge Building. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (Early Access).

Farrell, Tracie, Piccolo, Lara, Perfumi, Serena Coppolino and Alani, Harith(2019). Understanding the Role of Human Values in the Spread of Misinformation. In: Conference for Truth and Trust Online.

Farrell, Tracie, Fernandez, Miriam, Novotny, Jakub and Alani, Harith(2019). Exploring Misogyny across the Manosphere in Reddit. In: WebSci '19 Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science, pp. 87–96.

Farrell-Frey, Tracie, Scavo, Beppe,Ardito, Alberto and De Liddo, Anna(2018). Augmented Reality in Activism: Go March. The Open University.

de Lange, Peter, Göschlberger, Bernhard,Farrell, Tracie and Klamma, Ralf(2018). A Microservice Infrastructure for Distributed Communities of Practice. In: EC-TEL 2018: Lifelong Technology-Enhanced Learning (Pammer-Schindler, Viktoria; Pérez-Sanagustín, Mar; Drachsler, Henrik; Elferink, Raymond and Scheffel, Maren eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 11082, pp. 172–186.

de Lange, Peter,Farrell-Frey, Tracie, Göschlberger, Bernhard and Klamma, Ralf ,(2017). Transferring a Question-Based Dialog Framework to a Distributed Architecture. In: EC-TEL 2017: Data Driven Approaches in Digital Education (Lavoué, Élise; Drachsler, Hendrik; Verbert, Katrien; Broisin, Julien and Pérez-Sanagustín, Mar eds.), 10474 pp. 549–552.




Artificial Intelligence and Data AnalysisHuman-Centred ComputingLearning and Multimedia Technologies


Accessibility, Inclusion, Ethics and Social Justice and Diversity

Citizen Empowerment, Politics and Government

Learning and Education

New Media and Society


Social Data Science Group (SDS)

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