On 19 November I spoke at the conference “Correcting Images 2016: Digitalisation and Development” in Leipzig. The title of my 1-hour speech (I know that’s long, but judging by comments and feedback received afterwards the audience found it interesting and worth waking up – and then staying awake – for :): Social Media Content for Journalism and News Reporting: Benefits and Challenges – Focus on Verification.
On 30 April the Centre for Investigative Reporting staged its #TechRaking event in Berlin, together with Google News Lab and Correctiv. The aim of the day and format, launched in 2012: to “develop transformative ideas and solutions to challenges that communities have to face around the world – including those that specifically affect journalists in reporting news and information.” I thought I’d go along… and did.
On 1 January 2016 formally, and at the end of the month practically, a new research project in which I am involved started. It is called InVID, deals with the algorithm-supported verification of user-generated video, and runs from 2016 until the end of 2018. It looks promising, and can largely build on what we have been doing in REVEAL. The main difference though: InVID will focus on video verification, something REVEAl did not tackle. Hence an ideal continuation in my verification activities and dealing with eyewitness media.