Isabel Bezzaoui

  • FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
    Außenstelle Berlin
    Friedrichstr. 60 ,10117 Berlin


Research Interest

My work comprises the interdisciplinary research on and evaluation of the development of an Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) for identifying and combating online disinformation with two research foci: The first research focus, namely “Understanding Online Disinformation,” focuses on understanding the phenomenon of disinformation in the digital space to be able to take appropriate measures to combat the phenomenon. The second research focus, namely “Combating Online Disinformation,” deals with the evaluation of a measure to combat disinformation campaigns: an XAI, which shall recognize “Fake News” and warn users about its possible occurrence. In particular, this focus lays on investigating the XAI’s potential effect on fostering critical media literacy and trust among its users.

FZI House of Participation

I am a member of the House of Participation (HoP), an FZI competence center fostering digital participation and democracy. At HoP, we focus on creating impactful digital interactions that enable all individuals to participate in decision-making across various spheres including the workplace, social life, cultural sector and political matters. If you are a student looking for an assistant position (Hiwi), a seminar, bachelor or master thesis opportunity, we are always seeking passionate and committed individuals to join our team and contribute to shaping the digital democracy. Start listening to HoPcast – our podcast on democracy and participation in the digital age!


Since 01/2022

Doctoral Researcher at IISM, Digital Democracy & Participation Research Group

Since 12/2021

Research Scientist at FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Department Information Management & Analytics (IMA)

10/2018 – 09/2021

Master of Arts, Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin

05/2019 – 06/2021

Student Assistant at Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung

10/2015 – 06/2018

Bachelor of Arts, Educational Science and Sociology, Technische Universität Dortmund

10/2017 – 02/2018

Student Assistant at Technische Universität Dortmund

Teaching Activities

Academic Term


Winter 2022/2023

Digital Democracy Seminar

Winter 2022/23

Digital Experience and Participation Seminar

Summer 2022

Market Engineering Lecture


Truth or Fake? Developing a Taxonomical Framework for the Textual Detection of Online Disinformation
Bezzaoui, I.; Fegert, J.; Weinhardt, C.
2022. International journal on advances in internet technology, 15 (3/4), 53–63
Distinguishing Between Truth and Fake: Using Explainable AI to Understand and Combat Online Disinformation
Bezzaoui, I.; Fegert, J.; Weinhardt, C.
2022. The 16th International Conference on Digital Society, International Academy Research and Industry Association (IARIA)