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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Data-driven Journalism for Social Media: How to Tweak Your Workflow

Data-driven Journalism for Social Media: How to Tweak Your Workflow

For a long time, social media was merely an afterthought in the daily routine of data journalists. Why worry about promoting a story and making it more accessible when you can scrape websites and build sophisticated charts all day? Luckily, a project launched by the European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) has been (successfully) working on changing that status and mindset. DW Data is a part of the initiative, and our Eva Lopez – a data journalist and innovation manager – frequently shares what she and her team have learned. These are the latest insights.

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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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Meet us @ the Conference for Truth and Trust Online 2020

Meet us @ the Conference for Truth and Trust Online 2020

When: October 16th & 17th
Where: The Internet (virtual event)

What is it?
The Conference for Truth and Trust Online wants to assemble all stakeholders that care about “improving the truthfulness and trustworthiness of online communications”, be it media scholars, journalists, activists, or industry representatives. Talks and sessions deal with all kinds of social media and information problems – and potential countermeasures.

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AI4media: A New European Network to Take Artificial Intelligence to The Next Level

AI4media: A New European Network to Take Artificial Intelligence to The Next Level

This first week of September saw the launch of AI4media, a new and unique European network dedicated to advancing AI solutions for the media and trusted AI. Now that AI technologies are beginning to have a real impact on the world of media and journalism, we’re really pleased to be part of this project. It will allow us to explore the next level of journalistic needs in the area of verification and disinformation detection, related AI functionalities as well as important ethical frameworks for the deployment of AI in news organisations. These are just some aspects of our use case that we run in cooperation with our long-term technology partner Athens Technology Center (ATC)  for the next 4 years.

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Meet us @ the “Challenges of Journalism in the 21st Century – Automated Journalism and AI Journalism” conference

Meet us @ the “Challenges of Journalism in the 21st Century – Automated Journalism and AI Journalism” conference

Due to the Corona crisis, there’s still no way to catch up with us in person, which is unfortunate. However, a lot of interesting events have gone virtual, so you can at least see us live on a computer screen every now and then. For example at the upcoming Czech media conference “Challenges of Journalism in the 21st Century – Automated Journalism and AI Journalism.”

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