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.

Since October until early December 2017 I have been “on the road” a lot, primarily talking about various aspects of digital content analysis and its verification, and social newsgathering.

It started with a trip to Kingston, Jamaica, where I attended and spoke at UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017 Feature Conference.

Then came the multi-stakeholder conference on misinformation, organised by the European Commission in Brussels, followed by a keynote held at the NEM (New European Media) Summit 2017 in Madrid, Spain. Title of my talk: ‘”What the F _ _ _ !?”: Handling and verifying social media content’ (the presentation can be viewed and/or downloaded here).

Finally, I participated in and presented at the Experts’ Meeting on Digital Image Authentication and Classification in Geneva, Switzerland, organised by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) at the United Nations (more about it on the DW Innovation blog. If you want to find out more details about all my appearances, you can do so elsewhere on this blog.)

At the same time, Truly Media, our platform for collaborative verification, went into its final stages before full commercial release in November 2017. Shortly after it became available as a commercial platform, I finally secured a partnership deal with Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps – something that took me quite a few months to seal, and of which I am rather proud (details here). This means that Amnesty will be using Truly Media in its efforts to detect and document human rights abuses.

If you are interested in finding out more, Deutsche Welle produced a video report for its programe “SHIFT – Living in the digital age” in which the work of Amnesty’s DVC features. You can also get some more information there about Truly Media itself. To watch it, click here.

The team of DW’s SHIFT also produced a shortened version, which is available on Facebook or by just clicking on the picture below.

All in all, a rather busy and hugely satisfying period. Let’s see what else is in store! Certainly, I’ll keep working and passionately on a variety of things dealing with digital content analysis and its verification (and report about it whenever I find some time).

PS: here’s the above SHIFT video with German subtitles:


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