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

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The “tourist guy” pic, allegedly taken on top of the World Trade Center in NYC just seconds before the 9/11 attacks, is a classic example of a sensational, fabricated image circulated to millions of internet users, 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. (more…)

InVID (In Video Veritas): The Tool Collection

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The EU co-funded InVID project (2016-2019) focussed on the algorithm-supported analysis and verification of videos, something its predecessor REVEAL wasn’t able to cover. Not only did we learn a lot about manipulated video content and ways to detect it in the course of the InVID effort, the consortium also managed to create a number of useful tools for the international verification community. Here’s an overview. (more…)

Afraid of Misinformation? Don’t be! (A selection of Verification-Specific #ijf19 Perugia Sessions)

James Ball speaking at ijf19 session “Beyond fake news: what’s next for tackling online misinformation”

We’re back from the International Journalism Festival in Perugia – and it was a blast! With so many great people there to meet in such lovely surroundings how could it not be?

But the festival does have a downside: Too many good sessions running in parallel. Good thing though that they are now all available as recordings online, so you can watch what you’ve missed.

If you don’t want to spend all day going through the program, and verification is one of your main topics, maybe these recommendations are helpful to you. (more…)