Mapping the EU Fact-Checking Scene:  Our Contribution to EDMO, the European Digital Media Observatory

Mapping the EU Fact-Checking Scene: Our Contribution to EDMO, the European Digital Media Observatory

In a digitized public sphere full of mis- and disinformation, establishing a fact-checking or verification team has become mandatory for many news organizations and human rights defenders. From Stockholm to Rome and from Lisbon to Bucharest, investigative journalists and open source intelligence (OSINT) experts sit in front of their computers many hours a week to dissect false claims or manipulated photos and videos; content that is churned out on more or less unregulated social media platforms. Often underfunded and stressed out, these verification workers do important groundwork for a functioning democratic media landscape – a job that would benefit from more recognition, exposure, and networking. In the scope of Project EDMO (= European Digital Media Observatory), we have set out to make a small contribution towards that goal – by thoroughly mapping the fact-checking and verification scene in the EU (and possibly beyond).

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MediaVerse: A Universe of Media Assets  and Co-Creation Opportunities at Your Fingertips

MediaVerse: A Universe of Media Assets and Co-Creation Opportunities at Your Fingertips

New web technologies have turned the internet into a place where virtually everyone can create content, hands down. At the same time, a small number of tech companies have made sure a big chunk of this content is bound to their tools and their services – thus giving them control and ownership. Not everybody is happy with that situation – but initiatives to bring positive change are underway. MediaVerse is one of them.

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TreBlo: New Ideas for Trust

TreBlo: New Ideas for Trust

Who do you trust? And what information do you trust? There is no easy answer to this, not anymore. Today a friend of a friend might share a link. We would assume the information is correct. But in a world full of mis- and disinformation, how can we know for sure? Is there a way to trust that link? Blockchain technology and the TreBlo venture could offer some assistance here.

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