KID: Fighting mis-/disinformation and fostering media literacy with the help of AI and digital tools

KID: Fighting mis-/disinformation and fostering media literacy with the help of AI and digital tools

Photo: The “tourist guy” – a hoax supposedly showing a man standing on top of the WTC on 9/11, seconds before a plane hits. The fabricated picture, originally intended as a joke, spread rapidly across the internet, then via email.

Misleading news, doctored visuals, disguised propaganda: The spread of digital mis- and disinformation has become a major problem over the last years, and it looks like the Corona pandemic has led to yet another peak. What better time to start a new verification project: KID, kicked-off in April 2020, will help counter the “infodemic” by fostering media and information literacy (MIL) and exploring artificial intelligence (AI) tools to improve verification processes.

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Farewell Multidrone!

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For more than three years we learnt how to fly. We flew far and high, but we also had some crashes (fortunately, nobody was hurt). In the H2020 Research and Innovation Action MULTIDRONE, we developed a platform for autonomous drone flights and tested this platform in experimental media productions. Here’s a quick review of the project that was successfully completed with an excellent review in February 2020.
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More Solutions for Multilingual Newsrooms: DW at swihack

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Last month, DW participated in the swihack in Bern/Switzerland, hosted by SWI swissinfo.ch. Kay Macquarrie (of DW Innovation) and Elisabetta Tollardo (DW’s Head of Infographics) joined journalists, designers, developers and linguists, from the BBC, SWI, and NZZ to tackle some of the challenges faced by multilingual newsrooms. Participants spent two days developing solutions and better tools – ideally with an open source concept. In this post, we’re documenting the great work done by Kay’s and Elisabetta’s teams. (more…)

Artificial intelligence, human bias

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Quite often, errors in AI systems that lead to discriminiation can be traced back to human shortcomings. It’s a complex problem, and addressing it is imperative. That’s all the more true when you’re working for public institutions dedicated to fairness and civility. (more…)

SENSING meets DW ReCo: An interview with Anja Breljak and Vanessa Oberin on sensitive media, alarming digital trends, and the politics of innovation

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Good news, everyone! We were recently joined by two new interns: Anja Breljak and Vanessa Oberin. They are both PhD candidates at the Research Group SENSING and will support us
well into 2020. This interview (conducted by Alex Plaum) will tell you a little bit about Anja’s and Vanessa’s expertise, their interests, and ongoing project work at DW Innovation. (more…)

Meet us @ Digitale Leute Summit 2019

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When: November 27th & 29th

Where: Palladium, Cologne, Germany

What is it?

The Digitale Leute Summit (digitale Leute = digital people) is a two-day conference focused on digital product development. It brings together professionals from a variety of backgrounds, e.g. software engineers, designers, product- and digital managers, startup CEOs). (more…)