Intro to this blog

This blog contains mostly work-related things – media stuff that is.

By clicking onto the tabs above in the navigation, you can find out more about what I got/get up to work-wise, presentations I gave, things I published plus the usual disclaimer. More in a static way.

Here, I publish whatever comes to my mind on top of everything else, whenever I feel like it and have time.

Please be aware though that my main (full-time) job is at Deutsche Welle in the Innovations Projects Unit. Some (or rather a lot) of the stuff included here is somehow related to or part of that engagement.


Automating Verification?

This was the title of a session I organised and moderated at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. It looked at the role of technology in the verification process, status of affairs, various activities and challenges the sector is having to deal with. With me on the podium were  from UK factchecking organisation FullFact; , from Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps; , City University London, Dept. of Journalism; and from social news agency Storyful. You can watch a video of the entire session here (starting after 23 seconds).


Social Media and News – an Introductory Selection of Reading Material

This list is just a small selection. It includes publications that deal with various aspects of social media and news, covering a wide range such as platforms, distribution strategies, production issues, trauma, trends, the misinformation ecosystem and more. It is thus nowhere near complete, but merely intended as some starting material into a topic about which much has been written in the recent past. More surely is to come. In compiling the list, I included primarily publications that are freely and directly accessible.

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Recht haben und Recht bekommen. Wo bleibt der common sense?

Recht. Lizenz: CC0

Copyright: CC0

Dies hier sind ein paar Gedanken bzw. eine kleine Abhandlung zum Thema Recht. Recht haben. Und (oder) Recht bekommen. Oft nicht dasselbe. Oder auch: Lösungen finden. Ohne Gesetze, Regelungen und Juristen. Angeregt wurde dies durch die Lektüre des Romans “Gehen, ging, gegangen” von Jenny Erpenbeck.

Meine Betrachtungen erfolgen unwissenschaftlich und vor allem nicht juristisch – denn ich bin weder Jurist noch Rechtswissenschaftler. Womit wir womöglich sogleich beim Kern des Problems angekommen sind.

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Working on digital content verification and launching Truly Media

The past few months I have been rather busy with a variety of verification activities. This ranges from numerous speaking engagements (more here) to the launch of Truly Media, our platform for collaborative verification. Here’s a short recap of what I have been up to recently. Continue reading

“Alles Lüge”!?



Nach der Sommerpause hielt ich am 31. August 2017 einen Vortrag auf der Veranstaltung “Media 3.0″ – der Expertenkonferenz für Media Convergence” der Berliner Condat AG. Thema meiner Ausführungen: “Alles Lüge” – Falschinformationen in sozialen Netzwerken, und wie dagegen angehen. Ein aus etwa 50 Personen bestehendes Fachpublikum hatte sich zum Event am Vortag der IFA 2017 eingefunden. Für alle Interessierten stelle ich die Folien meines Vortrags (in leicht modifizierter Form) hier zur Verfügung.

Workshop on Multimedia Verification in October 2017

I know, there’s still some time left, but better being early than too late: Vasileios Mezaris and Symeon Papadopoulos of CERTH-ITI, Lyndon Nixon of MODUL Technology GmbH, and I (for Deutsche Welle), are organising the “1st International Workshop on Multimedia Verification (MuVer2017)”. It is held in conjunction with the ACM Multimedia Conference, which will take place from 23 – 27 October 2017 in Mountain View, CA, USA. The workshop is an initiative of the InVID project (focus: video verification) in which all the above “programme chairs” are actively involved.

There is a Call for Papers (deadline: 19 July 2017) and, of course, anybody interested in the topic is most welcome to attend. The goal of the workshop is “to bring together multimedia and video processing researchers, social media researchers, digital multimedia forensics experts, new media professionals, as well as multimedia and social sharing platform representatives” to present, discuss and share advances and open challenges in multimedia verification.

For more info about the workshop, paper submission requirements and related information please visit the workshop page.

‘Fake News’: wieso, weshalb, warum (und was ist das überhaupt)?

Quelle: Pixabay, CCO

Quelle: Pixabay, CCO

Der Begriff ‘Fake News’ wird aktuell inflationär gebraucht. Jeder versteht darunter etwas anderes. Zeit, ein paar Gedanken dazu anzustellen und aufzuschreiben. Fokus meiner Betrachtungen: die Verbreitung von Falschnachrichten sowie das Aufspüren und Verifizieren von Informationen in und mit digitalen Medien.

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