On 1 December 2015, I presented the research project Reveal and talked about the importance of verification of eyewitness media at the Media Literacy Expert Group Meeting of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, in Brussels.
According to its own definitions, “media literacy allows us to interact with the media and to be active citizens.” That is why the European Commission “supports the exchange of best practices on media literacy and fosters networking among stakeholders.”
Such exchanges of thoughts, ideas and initiatives take place, among others, at annual Expert Group meetings. According to the EC, these gatherings are intended to
- identify, document and extend good practices in the field of media literacy;
- facilitate networking between different stakeholders, with the aim of cross-fertilisation;
- explore synergies between different EU policies and support programmes and media literacy initiatives.
The most recent Media Literacy Expert Group meeting was hosted in Brussels on 1 December 2015. It was attended by about 80 experts from all over Europe.
The EC had invited me to present what we do in Reveal (an EC co-funded research and development project in which I am involved on behalf of Deutsche Welle), and raise issues concerning the dealings with content residing in social networks. I gratefully took up the opportunity and presented some of our Reveal work and participated actively in the discussions. The focus of my contributions lay on handling eyewitness media and its verification.
Now instead of recapitulating what has been said and written elsewhere, let me refer the interested reader to two Storify summaries of the event which capture well the day’s proceedings and discussions.
(Note: this is a slightly adapted article that I initially wrote for the Reveal website).