It took us a little longer than expected (pandemic and all), but we’ve finally finished creating a new, very special tool for the ongoing fight against mis- and disinformation: a web-based serious game called Go Verify!. Or more precisely: A playable demo version plus the open-source code needed to further develop it.(more…)
Russia’s war on Ukraine has been raging for more than 100 days now. Due to the lack of reporters on location, many of those who want to assess the situation depend on social media content. A key challenge in this context: gaining access to this content – and archiving it before it is gone.(more…)
When: 13-14 June 2022
Where: Brussels, Belgium
What is it?
It’s the annual conference of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO), followed by a half-day training session. Conference topics are focusing on the understanding, detection, and tackling of disinformation – be it in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, or other events.(more…)
Things Lurking on the Fringes – Discussing AI, Post-Digital Comics, and the Media Industry with Ilan Manouach
A neat side effect of this little blog is that it continues to serve as a starter of conversations with interesting people – like Ilan Manouach, who originally got in touch to discuss synthetic media. After a fruitful first exchange, we decided a proper interview would be in order. In case you haven’t heard of Ilan yet: He’s a very prolific Greek-Belgian digital artist, musician, writer, researcher, and scholar with a strong interest in AI, avant-garde publishing, post-modern disruption, and – possibly first and foremost – comics in all shapes and sizes. Ilan’s current jobs include that of a visiting scholar at Harvard’s metaLAB and a consultant for Onassis Publications. In short, he‘s a great colloquist when you‘re into innovation and next level ideas.(more…)
WeVerify – Digital Content Analysis and Verification. Recap of Another Successfully Completed Project.
After three years of intensive and rather successful work, our WeVerify research project formally ended in late 2021. Some wrap up work continued into 2022 – including a well-received final project review with independent experts and the EU Commission in February. With all of this done, we found it is time for a short recap.(more…)
Terms like “XR” and “metaverse” are all the rage (again) and have made almost every tech trends list this year. Media producers expect a steady increase in immersive content consumption, business gurus even see a whole new computing platform on the horizon. Time for a quick recap of the medium, its relevance, and its potential – especially with regard to news media organizations.(more…)
Russo-Ukrainian War: Free DW Resources to Help You Stay Clear of Disinformation and Circumvent Censorship
They say the first casualty of war is the truth – and that is still a very accurate statement. If you head over to the big social media channels to find out more about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, you will find that they are rife with false information, propaganda, and lies. At the same time, legitimate information is suppressed, first and foremost in Russia. Obviously, there is relatively little DW Innovation (and DW) can do to stop disinformation or censorship (let alone this terrible war right here in Europe). Nevertheless, we can offer this small list of free DW resources that may at least help you stay clear of questionable content and/or help others access much needed information – for what it’s worth.(more…)
On January 27, Next Generation Internet (NGI) project TruBlo started its 3rd open call. The consortium is now looking for candidates interested in working on trustable content projects that use blockchain technology. Applicants may receive up to 175.000 Euros, equity-free.(more…)
One of the benefits of working with DW ReCO is that the team is so resourceful. When running into a technical challenge, there’s no need to wait for a standard solution to appear in an app store; our colleagues just open their laptops and start hacking. Like Andy Giefer, who was recently looking for a smart way to analyze sessions on Twitter Spaces.(more…)
If you take a look at this page, you’ll realize that our team has significantly grown – in spite of the global Corona situation. Due to the successful acquisition of new projects, we’ve been able to hire about half a dozen new colleagues. All of them have become proper and indispensable members of our team – even though we haven’t had a single in-person all hands meeting yet (with face-to-face conversations, pizza, drinks, etc.). Needless to say, the process wasn’t 100% smooth, but we’d always put our best foot forward. So here’s a little post dedicated to onboarding in times of a pandemic.(more…)