Dhruti Shah, BBC: You need more than technology to be a good fact-checker

Dhruti Shah

Dhruti Shah

As part of my interview series on challenges and approaches in digital verification, I also did an interview with my dear friend and verification expert Dhruti Shah of the BBC’s User Generated Content and Social Media Hub. Here’s what Dhruti had to say on the topic of factchecking and verification. One conclusion: In addition to tools and platforms, “experience built up in a trusted team“ is also “of great value“, according to Dhruti.

Read the full interview on the WeVerify website.


Interviews with Amnesty’s Sam Dubberley on verification challenges and approaches

Sam Dubberley

Sam Dubberley

In recent months, I talked to various people about challenges and approaches when it comes to the verification of digital content and eyewitness media. One of those I talked to is expert (and friend) Sam Dubberley. Sam works as a manager for Amnesty International’s so-called Digital Verification Corps, which is part of Amnesty’s Crisis Response Team / Evidence Lab. He is furthermore a research consultant at the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, based at Essex University’s Human Rights Centre. Find out what Sam had to say about verification challenges and approaches in the human rights sphere.

Read the full text of the two interviews I did with Sam Dubberley on the WeVerify homepage.

Making it better – public service media and the future of news

EBU News Report

EBU News Report

In November 2018 the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) published its News Report 2018, entitled: 50 ways to make it better. In the EBU press release it states that the report “highlights practical and concrete solutions and 50 real examples on building engagement and trust in public service journalism.”

Together with my Deutsche Welle colleague Wilfried Runde I was part of those who were interviewed by one of the report’s authors, Atte Jääskeläinen. We had been asked to talk about Truly Media, the collaborative verification platform we developed at DW Research & Cooperation Projects together with our Greek partner ATC – Athens Technology Center. And so we did!

The report is available to the public. However, in order to lay your hands onto it, you need to get an EBU account and log in accordingly to download the full paper. More here on the respective EBU page.


Video verification with InVID: Status report

Since its start in January 2016, I have been involved in the EU co-funded project InVID. InVID deals with various aspects of video verification. One aim is to use technology to support the process.

The project is about to end – officially on 31 December 2018. Time to look at where we stand, what we have achieved so far, and point to challenges that remain.

Instead of doing that myself, let me point you to an article that was published in the broadcast technology magazine “Feed” in its November issue, for which I was interviewed. Happy reading!


Speaking at Investigative Journalism Dialogue in Mongolia

Me on panel - photo by DW Akademie

Me on panel – photo by DW Akademie

On 2 and 3 October 2018 I spoke at the “Investigative Journalism Dialogue” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. was attended by about 150 people, mostly journalists and media managers from Mongolia and other parts of South-East Asia. It was organised by the Mongolian broadcaster MNB, the Mongolian Press Institute, and Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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With EU Commissioner Gabriel at DW Global Media Forum

Patrick Leusch (DW, Mariya Gabriel (EU Commissioner), Jochen Spangenberg (DW)

Patrick Leusch (DW, Mariya Gabriel (EU Commissioner), Jochen Spangenberg (DW)

From 11 to 13 June Deutsche Welle hosted the Global Media Forum, a conference attended by more than 2,000 participants. This year’s topic: global inequalities.

Three conference days were packed with a versatile programme. Speakers and attendees made it to Bonn, the former German capital, from all over the world. One of the highlights of Day 1 was the keynote of Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society.

After her keynote, I had the unique opportunity to present Truly Media, our tool for collaborative verification, developed by ATC and Deutsche Welle, to the EU Commissioner.

Mariya Gabriel was rather pleased with – and interested in – what she saw. She also inquired about possible uses of Truly Media across Europe and / or on the EU level. All this has to be seen in the context of the EU’s initiatives to fight misinformation, something that was initiated by Mariya Gabriel and her Directorate for the European Commission.

Presenting Truly Media to EU Commissioner Gabriel

Presenting Truly Media to EU Commissioner Gabriel

The fact that Truly Media is based on outcomes of the EU co-funded research project REVEAL made the Commissioner’s smile even brighter, as it showcases well how EU-funded research can lead to successful products and services that are appreciated by their respective user communities.

I, also on behalf of my team at Deutsche Welle, was very grateful for having been given the opportunity to showcase Truly Media to the Commissioner in charge of the Digital Economy and Society.

65 Jahre Deutsche Welle. Festakt mit Angela Merkel.

65 Jahre DW - Vorstellung von Truly Media. Photo: Jan Roehl

65 Jahre DW – Vorstellung von Truly Media für die Kanzlerin. Photo: Jan Roehl

Am Dienstag den 5. Juni 2018 hatte ich eine ganz besondere Ehre: ich durfte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel die von uns (dem Bereich Forschungs- und Kooperationsprojekte der Deutschen Welle) und Athens Technology Center Griechenland entwickelte Verifizierungsplattform Truly Media vorstellen. Mit Truly Media lassen sich digitale Inhalte – insbesondere solche die in sozialen Netzwerken verbreitet werden – algorithmenunterstützt verifizieren. Genutzt wird die Plattform derzeit primär von Journalisten*innen und Personen, die Menschenrechtsverletzungen aufspüren und dokumentieren.

Kanzlerin Merkel zeigte sich sichtlich interessiert, auch wenn keine Zeit für einen detaillierteren Austausch blieb. All das fand statt im Rahmen des Festaktes “65 Jahre Deutsche Welle.”

Weitere Informationen zum Festakt im Paul Löbe Haus und dem 65. Geburtstag der Deutschen Welle in Textform und als Video gibt es hier.


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