PresentATIONS and Appearances

Here’s a list of (mostly public) presentations and appearances of relevance to my media work. Depending on the language used in the presentation (German / English) information about the particular event is listed in the respective language.

(At the bottom of the site, I also link to audio and video material in which I feature / which I (co)produced, and reference mentions by others).

Coming up:

On 6 June I’ll be speaking on a panel at re:publica Berlin, organised by Lie Detectors, entitled “The cost of war in education: how to teach media literacy in times of polarisation and war.”

15 June 2023: Presentation at DW’s “Resilient Thursday”: Guarding mental well-being & avoiding secondary / vicarious trauma doing digital investigations.

19-20 June 2023: two presentations at DW Global Media Forum 2023 in Bonn (1: avoiding secondary trauma and guarding mental health doing digital investigations; 2: image and video verification workshop).

29 June 2023: Session moderation of the conference “Meet the Future of AI – countering sophisticated & advanced disinformation“, in Brussels.

Done:

2 June 2023: Presentation at the EBU’s International Broadcasting Assembly Meeting 8 at France Télévisions, Paris. Title: “Technology-assisted verification to counter disinformation.”

24 April 2023: Presentation to and discussion with journalists from all over the world, invited and hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office. Title of talk: “Disinformation, Verification, Tech, Artificial Intelligence & more.” Presentation available here.

22 March 2023: Presentation for and discussion with students of the Master of IP & ICT Law Programme at KU Leuven. Title: “Disinformation and Verification in Times of War and Conflict.”

6 Dec 2022: Presentation and discussion at German Federal Foreign Office workshop entitled “Disinformation and Diplomacy – How to detect, differentiate and deter” for diplomatic trainees.

21 Oct 2022: Talk and workshop at eTwinning event aiming at bringing practical verification techniques to teachers and educators. Part of my engagement with Lie Detectors.

12 Oct 2022: I spoke at the European Parliament in Brussels on invitation by EP Vice President Eva Kailli. The session, co-organised by EDMO, was entitled “United Against Disinformation: A Truly European Response”.

I spoke in three sessions at the CEDMO International Conference (#CIC2022) “Europe Tackles Information Chaos” in Prague on 22-23 Sep 2022.
1) Grand Opening (in my role as Chairman of the CEDMO Advisory Board, outlining some of the challenges news media organisations and journalists are confronted with. I was joined by Zdeněk Hřib, Mayor of the City of Prague; European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová; Alexander Stubb of the European University Institute; the European Digital Media Observatory‘s Miguel Poiares Maduro; and CEDMO’s Václav Moravec.)
2) Technology & AI  (where I presented the WeVerify verification plug-in and took part in a follow-up panel discussion).
3) Disinformation, media freedom & journalism (where I gave a talk on how innovation and technology can support in countering disinformation, and what media organisations should watch out for).

9 Sep 2022: EDMO Online Training: “Understanding and handling disinformation for practitioners focusing on Africa”. Presentation: “Guarding mental health doing (digital) investigations”.

13 July 2022, Kuala Lumpur (online): Keynote at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union‘s leadership course on disinformation, verification and innovation.

14 June 2022, Brussels: Keynote speech at the EDMO Annual Training Event “Dealing with and verifying digital content–theory and practice”. Title of keynote: “Countering Casualties of Conflict and War: Tools, Tips, and Strategies.”

31 March 2022: I spoke at the IJ4EU Uncovered Conference in the session “Fact-Checking in Times of Conflict – Tactics for the Newsroom and Beyond” where I also showcased the WeVerify verification plug-in that was developed as part of one of our Deutsche Welle research projects. In addition, I shared experiences and learnings from my school visits of the past four years with Lie Detectors in which I teach young people basic fact-checking skills and the role of journalism for society.

22 March 2022: Training session for journalists on usage of the WeVerify verification plug-in.

11. März 2022: 70-minütiger Vortrag und Diskussion für ca 90 internationale Parlamentsstipendiaten des deutschen Bundestages. Thema: Desinformation und Verifikation im Kontext des Krieges Russland – Ukraine.

2 March 2022: Presentation to students of the Master of IP & ICT Law Programme at KU Leuven, Brussels campus. Title: “Countering Casualties of Conflict & War. Disinformation and Verification.”

On 10 February 2022 I delivered a short keynote address on the occasion of the launch event of CEDMO, the Central European Digital Media Observatory. I have the honour to serve as the Chairman of CEDMO’s Advisory Board. Here you can view the entire video. My part commences at around 7’33” with an introduction by moderator Václav Moravec who led through the event together with CEDMO project manager and co-host Adriana Dergam.

Am 13.11.2021 gab ich einen 120-minütigen Workshop auf der Youth Media Convention (YouMeCon) 2021. Titel: “What the fake?! Falschnachrichten online erkennen.” Das Ganze erfolgte im Rahmen meines Engagements für Lie Detectors und wurde von sehr interessierten und engagierten Teilnehmern*innen zwischen 17 und 22 Jahren besucht.

Presentation of the WeVerify verification plug-in at a workshop of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and discussion on countering disinformation. 10 November 2021.

Talk at Dataxis’ Nextv Series Europe & CEE on 9 November 2021. Presentation title: ”Disinformation, Verification and Technology.”

Presentation and Q&A session at the German Foreign Office at the event “Disinformation and Diplomacy” for FO alumni on 26 October 2021. Presentation topic: “Fact-checking / verification and journalism: challenges and approaches.”

I spoke on a panel at the Truth and Trust Online conference 2021 which was held virtually on 7 and 8 October 2021 in the session “Countering disinformation with technology: where do we stand?”

On 15 September 2021 I spoke on a (virtual) panel that formed part of Kyiv Media Week. The session’s title: Innovative Technologies in the Work of EU News Broadcasters. Advantages and Risks. Focus of discussions with Kati Bremmer of France Télévisions / Méta-Media FranceTV and Olle Zachrison of Sveriges Radio was on Artificial Intelligence, Journalism and (Public Service) Media, especially current practices and challenges ahead.

Am 18. Juni 2021 moderierte ich die Diskussionsrunde “Aktuelle Herausforderungen für den Journalismus im Superwahljahr 2021” des Projektes Weitklick der Freiwilligen Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Diensteanbieter e.V. (FSM). Eine Aufzeichnung der Veranstaltung steht ebenfalls zur Verfügung (erste Verlinkung).

On 16 June 2021 I moderated Day 1 and hosted a special session at the WeVerify conference and workshop entitled “Technology and Artificial Intelligence to counter disinformation.” If you missed the event: Video recordings of the sessions are also available and just a click away.

On 8 June 2021 I spoke in the session “Fact-checking during a global pandemic: challenges, opportunities, lessons learnt” which was part of the EDMO week that ran under the header “United Against Online Disinformation”, organised by the EDMO project (European Digital Media Observatory). The entire session was recorded and is available on demand (YouTube). My intervention can be viewed here (at 1:42:09).

21 May 2021: Keynote at FIBEP Tech Day entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Disinformation in the Journalistic & Media Context”.

29 April 2021: Presentation at the ASBU’s (Arab States Broadcasting Union) Online New Media Working Group Meeting. Title: Technology against disinformation: why it matters, and what to do against it. Tools and tactics.

13. April 2021, 19.30 – 21.00 Uhr: Teilnahme an Diskussionsrunde zum Thema “Wie wichtig ist die Realität”. Teil der Reihe “Sondierungen zur Orientierung“ des Katholisch-Sozialen Instituts, Siegburg, in Kooperation mit dem Kreisdechanat im Rhein-Sieg-Kreis und der Evangelischen Erwachsenenbildung an Sieg und Rhein. Projektflyer mit Informationen zur Veranstaltungsreihe

On 3 March 2021 I presented to students of the Master of IP & ICT Law 2020-2021 Programme at KU Leuven, Brussels campus. Title of my presentation: “Journalistic challenges in the disinformation sphere”. This was followed by an engaging discussion that lasted over an hour.

On 2 March 2021 I gave a presentation entitled “Innovations in Journalism. The role of technology, collaboration and cooperation.” It was part of the course of Prof. Christoph Raetzsch at Aarhus University entitled “Journalism and Media in Cultural Globalisation“, which in turn is a component of the Master’s degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation.

On 17 February 2021 I presented in the session “Fact-checkers and journalists using AI-powered fact-checking: experiences and challenges”. This was part of the EDMO Workshop – “Artificial Intelligence and fact-checking: promises and perils.”

Am 16. Dezember 2020 nahm ich als externer Gast, zusammen mit dem Kollegen Wilfried Runde,  an der Sitzung der AG Desinformation und Hate Speech der CDU Deutschland teil. Nach einem Vortrag standen wir in der anschließenden Diskussion Rede und Antwort.

On 30 November 2020 I was invited to deliver a 3-hour guest lecture at Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft, Berlin. This was part of Dr. Tong-Jin Smith‘s MA course Convergent Journalism. Lecture title: Technology meets storytelling: Dealing with digital content – challenges, approaches, issues.

From 16-30 November 2020 the Goethe Institut Venezuela hosted its “Festival online identidad digital”. Part of it, staged on 27 November, was the session “Periodismo 4.0 – Fake News”. I participated on behalf and in the name of Lie Detectors, the NGO I have supported for about 2.5 years by going into schools / classrooms to teach children aged 10-15 about journalism and how to counter disinformation. In the session, I talked about various Lie Detectors activities and approaches, and elaborated on the topic of misinformation. A video of the session is now available. My contributions were in German – and there is a Spanish and a French version as well.

On 30 October 2020 I participated in a round table discussion / virtual event entitled “The use of Artificial Intelligence to debunk fake news”. It was organised by the Media and Information Literacy Expert Network as part of UNESCO’s MIL week. Fellow participants included @ElemaryNaglaa, @alrabiu, @tamarMDF & @CharlieBeckett. A video recording of the session can be viewed here on Facebook.

Am 16. Juli 2020 nahm ich an einem “runden Tisch” im Bundespresseamt zum Thema Desinformation und wie damit umgehen teil. Eingeladen hatte der Sprecher der Bundesregierung als auch Chef des Presse- und Informationsamtes der Bundesregierung, Steffen Seibert.

6-10 July 2020: Joint Presentation at ICME / IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo in London, UK (carried out virtually). Presentation of WeVerify project overview and tools / services developed. Slides available here.

On 2 December 2019 I talked verification and fact-checking strategies and techniques at the so-called “DG7” gathering, which this years was held in Berlin. DG7 stands for seven international broadcasters, among them the BBC (UK), USAGM (US), FFM (France), CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), NHK (Japan) and DW (Germany).

On 6 and 7 November 2019 I attended FOME 2019 in Bonn, where – once again – I talked verification of digital content. I also had the opportunity to present Truly Media to a worldwide audience, mainly from the global south. FOME stands for Forum Media and Development. It is a network of institutions and individuals active in the field of media development cooperation. The network includes 24 organisations working towards strengthening independent media in developing and transitioning countries.

Am 14. September 2019 hielt ich in Leipzig auf der Konferenz Besser Online des DJV einen Vortrag mit dem Titel “Fakt oder Fake: Ansätze und Herausforderungen bei der Verifizierung digitaler Inhalte”. Er fand statt in der Session  “Deepfakes und andere Fälschungen entlarven – Verifikationstools für das KI-Zeitalter.” Es soll auch irgendwann eine Aufzeichnung des Vortrags als on-demand Video verfügbar sein :).

In early September 2019 I conducted a workshop in Mongolia in Ulanbaatar for Deutsche Welle Akademie and spoke at the launch press conference in which I introduced Truly Media, the collaborative verification tool that is to be used by Mongolian media organisations in the run-up to the 2020 elections. The launch event took place on 3 September 2019. Afterwards, my training session with a selected initial group of journalists started. It was a great experience and I am grateful for having been “on location” from 1 – 8 September to contribute to this worthwhile undertaking.

On 25 June 2019 I presented at the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) in Geneva. Title of my talk: “Research and Results of (our) Work in the Verification Sphere”.

On 24 May 2019 I ran a half-day workshop at Deutsche Welle Akademie in Bonn for Cambodian journalists. Topic: discovery of and dealing with mis/desinformationen, and respective journalistic working practices. A report about the overall project “Markets and Movers” can be found here.

Am 21. Mai 2019 sprach ich in einem Seminar von Prof. Dr. Nico Heise an der Universität Potsdam zum Thema Umgang mit Desinformationen und wie dagegen angehen.

Am 6. Mai 2019 sprach ich auf der re;publica 2019 in Berlin. Titel der Session: Medienkompetenz in der Schule. Darin wurde referiert über die Aktivitäten der Nichregierungsorganisation Lie Detectors, die Journalisten in Klassenzimmer schickt, um Schülerinnen und Schüler einerseits über Falschinformationen zu informieren und zu sensibilisieren, und andererseits versucht, Nachrichtenkompetenz zu vermitteln. Ich selbst bin auch aktiv für Lie Detectors, und zwar als Dozent in Schulen, als auch Ausbilder von Journalisten/innen, die in eintägigen Workshops für  Klassenbesuche “fit gemacht” werden. Ein Video der Session git es hier. Neben meiner Wenigkeit auf der Bühne: die Gründerin und Leiterin von Lie Detectors, Juliane Von Reppert-Bismarck.

From 10-11 April 2019, I participated in a workshop organised by the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University in Wales. Title of the event: “Ensuring Representativeness in Open Source Human Rights Research”. We shared experiences and investigated cooperation opportunities when it comes to using open source research and investigations to discover and document human rights violations. We also looked at how technology can support in the process.

Am 8. April 2019 sprach ich beim ORF in Wien auf einer Veranstaltung des Österreichischen Rundfunks, des Instituts für Europäisches Medienrecht, KommAustria und der Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH. Titel meiner halbstündigen Keynote: “Desinformation, Technologie und Medien: was tun?” Hier eine Zusammenfassung der Veranstaltung in den Salzburger Nachrichten. Einer der Veranstalter, das Institut für Europäisches Medienrecht, hat ebenfalls berichtet.

At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy (3-7 April 2019) I spoke at the session “Let’s save our children from misinformation and misleading content” (6 April 2019).
I furthermore organised and spoke at the session “Technology and automation in the fight against misinformation” (4 April 2019).
Both sessions are available in full as video recordings. To watch, just follow the session links above.

On 20 March 2019, I attended the first SOMA – European Disinformation Observatory high level workshop in Milano, Italy. Title: “Disinformation Across Borders and How to Fight It.” The all day event that was staged at Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Technological “Leonardo da Vinci” was primarily about bringing together European fact-checkers and verification experts to share experiences and plans for the future. SOMA, too, want to collaborate in election coverage, and facilitate subsequent factchecking of claims and such like. Of particular interest to me: our tool Truly Media will be made available – in a scaled down version – for verification experts in their collaborative efforts.

From 17 – 19 March I attended a First Draft News workshop in Milano, Italy, that covered practical approaches to dealing with disinformation. Another aim was to investigate and prepare for potential cooperation opportunities regarding upcoming elections, starting with collaborative coverage of the European election at the end of May 2019.

I spoke at the CPDP conference in Brussels on 31 January. The panel on which I participated was entitled “Content regulation and its impact on Democracy” With me on stage were Marisa Jiménez Martín from Facebook, Anni Hellman of the European Commission, and Aleksandra Kuczerawy of the Centre for IT & IP Law at KU Leuven. The session was moderated and chaired by Guillermo Beltrà of Access Now and Joris Van Hoboken Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) / University of Amsterdam. Here, you can view a video of the entire session (my presentation starts at 7’25”).

Am 17. Dezember 2018 sprach ich (eine ganze Stunde lang!) auf einer Veranstaltung der ARD/ZDF Medienakademie beim MDR in Leipzig zum Thema Faktencheck, Verifizierung und Co. Das Zielpublikum waren fast 70 Volontäre*innen aus unterschiedlichen ARD-Anstalten und vom ZDF. Ich stellte in meinem Vortrag vor, was wir bei der Deutsche Welle so alles im Bereich Verifizierung digitaler Inhalten so treiben und an den Start gebracht haben. Insbesondere zeigte ich den Teilnehmer*innen Truly.Media und das InVID Verification Plug-in, beides Tools zur algorithmenunterstützten Verifizierung digitaler Inhalte. Zusätzlich ging ich auf weitere Aspekte ein, die beim Umgang mit digitalen, nutzergenerierten Inhalten beachtet werden sollten. Insgesamt eine spannende Veranstaltung mit einem tollen Publikum!

On 5-6 December 2018 I attended the EU’s ICT 2018 event in Vienna, Austria. We had a stand there for our InVID project, and I spoke at a session on online disinformation that presented some of the latest scientific and technological advances that can help mitigate it. Title: Fighting Disinformation through Human, Crowd and Artificial Intelligence. More also here.

15-16 October 2018: I spoke at the 9th ASEF (Asia Europe Foundation) Editors’ Round Table in Brussels. Topic of the event: “Exploring the Battlefronts of Fake News: A Tripartite Approach to the Fight Against Misinformation.” The title of the session in which I was speaking: “Examining Current Approaches to Fake News”. More about the event here.

On 10 October I spoke at a training of Deutsche Welle Akademie in Bonn for members of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr). Focus of my talk: social media usage and its verification as part of the information gathering and information dissemination process.

On 2 and 3 October 2018 I spoke at the “Investigative Journalism Dialogue” in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. On day one, I participated in a panel discussion about various aspects of investigations, research and inquiry – with a focus on digital analysis, assessments and verification. On day 2, I delivered a talk and presentation entitled “Verification of Digital Content: Challenges and Approaches.” The conference was organised by the Mongolian broadcaster MNB, the Mongolian Press Institute, and Deutsche Welle Akademie.
More also here (linking to DW Akademie Facebook page). In addition to my panel participation and presentation in another session, I talked to an MNB reporter about Truly Media, the verification platform we (at DW Research and Cooperation Projects) developed together with Greek software company ATC. You can view the video on Facebook here.

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

65 Jahre DW – Truly Media Demo für Angela Merkel. Photo: Jan Roehl

Am 15. Juni 2018 sprach ich vor dem Rundfunkrat der Deutschen Welle über das Thema Erkennen von Falschinformationen, und wie man mit der Plattform Truly Media, entwickelt von der DW und ATC, gemeinsam und algorithmenunterstützt, digitale Inhalte verifizieren kann.

On 11 June 2018 I presented Truly Media, the tool for collaborative verification developed by ATC and Deutsche Welle under my co-leadership, to Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn.

Am 5. Juni 2018 stellte ich die Plattform Truly.Media – entwickelt zur Verifizierung digitaler Medieninhalte – Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und Parlamentariern des deutschen Bundestages im Paul-Löbe-Haus, Berlin, vor. Anlass war das 65-jährige Bestehen der Deutschen Welle.

Am 30. Mai 2018 hielt ich eine Kurzpräsentation zum Thema Verifizierung digitaler Inhalte, und stellte das Tool Truly.Media im Auswärtigen Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland vor. Die Veranstaltung war Teil des Festaktes anlässlich des 65-jährigen Bestehens der Deutschen Welle.

On 16 May 2018 I spoke at the 5th Technology Forum, hosted at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Greece. The main aim of the event was to foster collaboration, bring together actors in the IT and media sector, and share know-how and expertise with regards to developing innovative products that have an international perspective. I presented in the session “The Era of Fake News: Minsinformation and Disinformation on the Internet.” (The full agenda can be found here.)

On 15 May 2018 I was honoured to speak and be a panelist at the Advisory Committee Meeting of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) in Berlin. Topic: mis-/disinformation, credibility, trust , propaganda – and how standardisation could work as a counter-measure. The World Wide Web Consortium is “an international community where Member organizations, full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards.” It is led by Web inventor and Director Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe. Its mission is “to lead the Web to its full potential.” Advisory Committee Meetings of the W3C, in turn, are members-only meetings (not open to the public) that focus on strategic issues facing the Consortium and future directions envisioned by the membership and staff. I thoroughly enjoyed participating and leading some very lively discussions. As W3C Advisory Committee Meetings are non-public, no details can be disclosed of the sessions. But I think it’s ok to say that a lot of our discussions were centered on the topic of trust and how to restore and / or enforce it.

At re:publica 2018 (which took place from 2 – 4 May 2018 in Berlin, and – according to the organisors – is “Europe’s biggest conference on topics concerning digitisation and society”) I hosted and ran a session entitled “Fighting minsinformation”. It took place on 3 May 2018 from 10 to 11 am, included a hands-on verification session, and presentations about various aspects of the misinformation ecosystem. It concluded with a showcasing of activities and initiative in the Media and Information Literacy sector.

I organised and moderated a session at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, entitled Automating Verification? The role of technology in the verification process: status, activities and challenges. The festival ran from 11-15 April 2018, and saw its 12th edition this year. My session took place on Friday, 13 April 2018. 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. Instead of writing about it, watch the video of the full session here.

On 26 February 2018 I was a panelist at the event entitled Fact or Fake? Tools and Practices to Combat Disinformation. It was hosted at the Press Club Brussels Europe and was organised by the Press Club Digital Forum. The session, running from 6 to 9 pm addressed “the pervasive problem of so-called ‘fake news’: false or deceptive information presented as factual and spread through online channels, for political advantage, financial gain, or malicious purpose.”

Mein letzter Vortrag des Jahres 2017 führte mich mit meinem DW-Kollegen Wilfried Runde  ins Staatsministerium für Kultur und Medien in Berlin. Am 21.12.2017 präsentierten wir dort zum Thema Überprüfen und Verifizieren von digitalen Medieninhalten, Umgang mit Falschnachrichten und Desinformation, sowie Einsatz von Werkzeugen und Taktiken bei ebendiesen Aktivitäten im journalistischen Kontext. Natürlich durfte da die Vorstellung der Plattform “Truly Media” zur kollaborativen Verifizierung nicht fehlen. Die anwesenden Mitarbeiter/innen des Minsiteriums waren sichtlich beeindruckt über das, was unser Team bei der Deutschen Welle in den vergangenen Monaten auf die Beine gestellt und entwickelt hat. Ein schöner Jahresabschluss!

On 6-7 December 2017 I participated in the Experts’ Meeting on Digital Image Authentication and Classification in Geneva, Switzerland. It is organised by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) at the United Nations. Topics were: sharing experiences and knowledge on digital image authentication and classification tools, discuss respective challenges, and establish opportunities for future collaborations. More about the event on the DW blog.

On 29 November 2017 I gave a keynote presentation at the NEM (New European Media) Summit 2017 in Madrid, Spain. Title of my talk: ‘”What the F _ _ _ !?”: Handling and verifying social media content.’ Here’s a collection of tweets I created, using Twitter moments, if you want to get an impression.

On 15-16 November 2017 I went to the News Xchange conference in Amsterdam to talk ‘future of news’ and showcase Truly.Media, our tool for collaborative verification. A great event with an amazing amount of networking done (and rather little sleep…).

On 13-14 November 2017 attended the multi-stakeholder conference on misinformation organised by the European Commission in Brussels. If you did not make it to the event or couldn’t follow the live stream, you can still view the on-demand recording here. The EU also launched a consultation process on misinformation at the event. Interested parties and individuals are asked to contribute their views until 23 February 2018. More about that here.

From 9-10 November 2017 I attended the EU’s ICT Proposer’s Day 2017. It took place in Budapest, Hungary and centred on European ICT Research & Innovation with a special focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-20.

On 26 October I talked at UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017 Feature Conference in Kingston, Jamaica. Topic of the session in which I participated and presented: “Media and Information Literacy in media policies enabling diversity and pluralism.” Global MIL Week ran from 25 October until 1 November, while the Feature Conference itself took place from 24-27 October 2017.

Am 28. und 29.9.2017 moderierte ich die Internet Security Days (ISD) im Fantasialand in Brühl. Mehr dazu auf meiner Moderationsseite und der ISD Homepage.

Am 31. August 2017 sprach ich auf der Veranstaltung “Media 3.0 – der Expertenkonferenz für Media Convergence” der Berliner Condat AG in Berlin. Thema meines Vortrags: Verbreitung von Falschnachrichten und was man wie dagegen tun kann (Vortragstitel: “Alles Lüge” – Falschinformationen in sozialen Netzwerken, und wie dagegen angehen). Etwa 50 Interessierte lauschten meinen Ausführungen. Die dazugehörigen Folien stelle ich (in leicht abgeänderter Form) hier zur Verfügung.

On 5 July 2017 I talked at Blogfabrik Berlin about Deutsche Welle’s engagement in verification of UGC. I presented Reveal and InVID, the EU funded research projects that deal, respectively dealt, dealt with various aspects of social media verification, and demoed Truly.Media, a tool for collaborative verification, currently in beta status. Attendants mostly came from the human rights sector, so this was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and approaches and find out about parallels as well as differences between journalistic and human rights work.

On 29 June 2017 I spoke at the News Impact Summit, Hamburg, about verification of UGC and Truly.Media, the collaborative verification tool Deutsche Welle are developing together with ATC in Athens, Greece. On 30 June, I then attended the News Impact Academy. Both highly worthwhile and hugely inspiring events took place in Hamburg, Germany. They were organised by the European Journalism Centre, with support from Google News Lab. To get some more detailed impressions about the event and what went on, access the blog with a great number of tweets, or take a look at a selection of photos that were taken during the Summit.

Am 27.6.2017 hielt ich im Seminar “Legalität in der Digitalität” von Prof. Dr. Nicolaus Heise, Teil des Studiengangs “Europäische Medienwissenschaft” der Universität Potsdam (Institut für Künste und Medien) und der Fachhochschule Potsdam (Fachbereich Design) einen Vortrag zum Thema “Verifizierung nutzergenerierter Inhalte.” An den Vortrag – inklusive lebhafter Diskussion – schloss sich ein Workshop an, in dem die Studenten*innen selbst gefordert waren und verschiedenen Aufgaben lösen mussten: darunter Quellenchecks, Überprüfung von Personen, Webseiten und Inhalten, sowie vieles mehr. Trotz der Dauer von insgesamt drei Stunden stand am Ende fest, dass auch noch viel mehr Zeit mit diesem interessanten und komplexen Thema hätte verbracht werden können. Meine Hoffnung: dass die Studenten*innen dies als Anlass nehmen, selbst in Zukunft aktiver Inhalte aus sozialen Netzwerken auf ihren Wahrheitsgehalt überprüfen.

From 19-21 June 2017 was at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, where I was involved in various events and activities, including a one day workshop with the EBU.

On 14 June 2017 I spoke at the conference “Defending the truth in a post-truth era”, organised by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), in Leipzig, Germany. My talk was twofold: 1) I talked about the misinformation ecosystem in general, pointing to techniques, deployed strategies, values and pitfalls of social media in news, and its verification. This included insights into fact-checking tools and tactics. 2) I presented Truly Media, the collaborative verification platform our team at Deutsche Welle are developing together with our partners at Athens Technology Centre. Aim of Truly.Media: collaborative verification of social media content. A recap of the event, including pictures, can be found on the ECPMF website.

On 23 May 2017 I talked at a First Draft News training workshop. The topic: collaboratively verifying / falsifying information in the newsroom. The focus was a demo presentation of Truly Media, the collaborative verification platform our team at Deutsche Welle are developing together with Athens Technology Centre. The event took place at the splendid Krickenbeck Castle near Düsseldorf from 21-24 May 2017 and was attended by around 60 people, primarily from German media organisations. A great success and excellently organised event!

I was at re:publica 2017 and talked in a session organised by Google’s Digital News Initiative (DNI) on 8 May 2017. The topic: “spread[ing] the truth”. It included the presentation of Truly Media, a collaborative verification platform our team at Deutsche Welle are developing together with our partners at Athens Technology Centre, with support from Google’s DNI. Great feedback was received – and #rp17 was great (again!).

On 20 April 2017 I gave a talk at the Nelson Mandela School, Berlin. The topic: how to deal with social media sources responsibly and critically, and fostering digital media literacy. The talk was directed at parents of kids attending the school, teenagers from year 10 onwards, and anybody else interested in the topic. After my 1 hour session, 10th grade students gave aan amazing presentation on Instagram and its usage among youths. Annemieke Akkermans, NMS teacher and chair of the IT Development Group at the school, then rounded up the evening with an update on the school’s digital media education programme. More info here and in the flyer about the event. For more information, or if your school is interested in a similar talk / event, feel free to get in touch.

From 5 – 9 April 2017 I attended the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. Together with Julia Bayer of Deutsche Welle I presented Truly.Media, a collaboration platform DW Innovation and ATC are developing for the collaborative verification of user-generated content. We did a live demo about the system that is being developed in close collaboration with journalists, and outlined our aims and ambitions, and put this in the context of our research activities. Additionally, we talked about challenges and practices regarding the verification of eyewitness media. More info about the session here (an on-demand video should be made available soon, too).

On 17 February 2017 I participated at the 5th Crossmedia Day of netzwerk medien-trainer. This year, it was hosted at Deutsche Welle in Bonn. I interviewed Sarah Hill, founder of Virtual Reality company StoryUp. More images and impressions here.

On 23 January 2017 I talked at the EBU’s Verification Network Meeting, held in Lisbon, Portugal, about trends and developments in the verification sphere. After this all day workshop and very stimulating exchanges with EBU members, I attended the EBU Digital Media Days 2017. They were held from 23-25 January 2017 – a first!

Symeon Papadopoulos presented our work on gruesome image analysis (published as  “A web-based service for disturbing image detection” by Springer (2017) in the book Multimedia Modeling) at MMM2017, the 23rd International Conference on Multimedia Modeling in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 4-6 January 2017.

Am 20. Dezember 2016 hielt ich an der DEKRA Hochschule für Medien in Berlin einen Vortrag mit dem Titel “Innovationen & Trends im Newssektor” mit anschließender Diskussion. Der Vortrag war Teil einer Seminarreihe mit Praktikern aus den Medien, konzipiert und durchgeführt von Prof. Michael Beuthner.

I was at the NEM (Networked European Media) Summit 2016, from 23-24 November 2016 in Porto, Portugal, where – together with Nikos Sarris of ATC, Greece – I represented the REVEAL project with an information booth.

Talk at conference “Correcting Images 2016: Digitalisation & Development – Mind the Gap” in Leipzig, on 19 November 2016. Presentation title: “Social Media Content for Journalism and News Reporting: Benefits and Challenges – Focus on Verification”. Here’s a video edit of my talk (with lots of spelling errors in the layover text though…)

Talk at UNESCO Global MIL (Media and Information Literacy) week in Sao Paulo, Brasil on 4 November 2016. Presentation title: Social Media in News: Friend or Foe? > sadly, I had to cancel my speaking engagement at this great event and opportunity…

Moderation (and organisation plus conceptualisation) of REVEAL’s Social Media Verification Workshop (#smvw16) in Athens, Greece, on 16 September 2016. Read about it on the REVEAL project website.

Presentation entitled “Handling the Truth: UGC Data in News. Benefits & Challenges” at First International SoBigData Workshop, in conjunction with TPDL 2016 conference. Hanover, Germany, 5 Sept 2016.

I gave a presentation and participated in a panel discussion at the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum in Riga, Latvia. The event took place from 27-29 June 2016 and was organised by UNESCO, in co-operation with the European Commission and the Latvian Government.

I talked on a panel dealing with user-generated content and verification of eyewitness media at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum on 13 July 2016. Session title: Fact and fancy – how verification can protect our news. The day after, on 14 July, I gave a talk on issues and challenges with regards to UGC verification in the DW Innovation lounge, together with Nikos Sarris of ATC, Greece.
(The entire GMF programme can be found here).

6 May 2016: presentation at the EU-SEA Big Data Summit, Putrajaya, Malaysia, entitled “Big Data in Media: Focus on Journalism and News”.

Verification workshop in conjunction with the EU-SEA Big Data Summit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 4 May 2016, introducing the DW research projects Reveal and InVID .

Participation in workshop of the European Commission’s “DG CONNECT / Converging Media and Content Unit G1″ advising on the Unit’s Work Programme for 2018-2020. Brussels, 19 April 2016.

Speaker on a panel at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, from 6-10 April 2016. Topic: how can technology support journalists with verification of user-generated content. A video of the entire session can be found here.

Präsentation der Forschungsprojekte Reveal und InVID sowie Diskussionen zum Thema Verifizierung nutzergenerierte Inhalte auf dem 4. Crossmedia-Tag, Leipzig, 4. März 2016.

Presentation at and participation in panel discussion at the Meeting of the Media Literacy Expert Group of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Brussels, 1 December 2015 (details here).

Presentation at Thematic Meeting on Multimedia Truthfulness Verification in Legal Environment and Social Media – co-located with WIFS 2015, Rome, Italy, 16 November 2015. Topic of presentation: Social Media and News.

Präsentation und Diskussion im Rahmen der “Deutsch-Russischen Gespräche” am 9.10.2015 in Baden-Baden. Veranstalter: Ostausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Kooperation mit der Robert Bosch und BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt. Vortragstitel: “Soziale Medien und journalistische Berichterstattung”.

Presentation and participation in panel discussion at Prix Italia entitled “News and User Generated Content” in Turin, Italy, on 21 September 2015. With me on the panel: Malachy Browne of Reported.ly; Anne-Marie Lupu-Morel of the EBU;  Julien Pain of France 24; Adam Rendle of Taylor Wessing; and Dhruti Shah of the BBC. The session was moderated by Jenni Sargent of EyewitnessMediaHub and Tom Trewinnard of Checkdesk / Meedan. The presentation can be accessed here. A post about it can be found it here.

Presentation entitled “Verification of user-generated content in the context of news reporting” at the Global Communication Association Conference in Berlin, Germany, 17-18 July 2015.

Presentation on issues of verification of eyewitness media at news:rewired, organised by journalism.co.uk, in London. Followed by a panel discussion with Dhruti Shah of BBCNews / BBC_HaveYourSay and James Neufeld of SAMdesk, moderated by John Crowley of the Wall Street Journal. Session title: “Sourcing stories on social media”. Slides and an on-demand audio of my speech are available on the news:rewired website.

Keynote speech “User Generated Content and its Implications for Journalism – Focus on Verification” at “Web Multimedia Verification” workshop, co-hosted with the ICME 2015 conference. Torino, Italy, 29 June 2015.

“Against all odds: (a path to) innovative projects, tools and services.” Presentation at the EBU’s 21st TV Assembly. Conference title: “Is digital the new normal?” BBC, Salford/Manchester, 3 June 2015.

Jury-Mitglied des MIZ Innovation Lab auf der re:publica 2015. Berlin, 5. Mai 2015. Mehr auf http://www.miz-babelsberg.de/landing-tv-live (runterscrollen bitte…)

“Verification of UGC in news: status, challenges & ways ahead”. Presentation at News Impact Summit Hamburg on Verification, Investigation, and Digital Ethics. Organised by the European Journalism Centre & Google News Lab. Hamburg, 31 March 2015. Präsentation hier.

Workshop (with Nikos Sarris, ATC) entitled “Discovering events in social media and gathering clues for revealing their trustworthiness” at News Impact Summit Hamburg on Verification, Investigation, and Digital Ethics. Organised by the European Journalism Centre & Google News Lab. Hamburg, 31 March 2015.

„Nutzergenerierte Inhalte und deren Bedeutung für die journalistische Berichterstattung – Fokus Verifizierung.“ Vortrag auf der Konferenz „Think CROSS – Change MEDIA“ an der Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal am 14. Februar 2015. Präsentation hier.

„Verifizierung von nutzergenerierten Inhalten“. Vortrag auf dem ersten Innovationstreffen aller ARD-Anstalten und Deutschlandradio/Deutschlandfunk bei der Deutschen Welle in Bonn, 25.11.2014.

Jury-Mitgied beim MIZ_innovationspace@rp14, dem Abschluss der Förderprojekte des Medien-Innovationszentrums Babelsberg auf der re:publica 2014 http://bit.ly/1ghuDXF. Videomitschnitt auf http://bit.ly/1nehu5V

“Grassroots and Collaborative Journalism in the Digital Age.” Presentation at SNOW 2014 conference as part of www2014, Seoul, Korea, 8 April 2014. More on http://www.snow-workshop.org/2014/

“Research Approaches and Interests of the Media Sector in EC co-funded Research”. Presentation at NEM Networked Electronic Media Summit 2012. Istanbul, 16. October 2012.

Concept (with Nikos Sarris, ATC, Athens, Greece) and moderation of the congress “Social Media and the News Business.” Santorini, Greece, 11 Sept. 2012 (part of the “Summer School of Multimedia Search and Retrieval” (SSMS 2012).

“Social Media Content als Quelle für Nachrichten und Informationen.” Vortrag beim Condat Kongress Media 3.0 – Convergence@Work. Berlin, 30. August 2012 (http://www.condat.de/media3.0). > Zusammenfassung des Vortrags.

Panel organisation and moderation of business session “Social Media and News” as part of the “International Workshop on Social Media Applications in News and Entertainment (SMANE 2012)”. In  co-operation with MSND Workshop (“Mining Social Networks Dynamics”). All part of World Wide Web conference 2012. Lyon, 16 April 2012.

“Impacts of Social Media on the (News) Media Sector. Challenges and Opportunities,” Presentation and panel discussion at World Communication Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 10 February 2012. (http://www.forumdavos.com/programme)

“Entwicklungen des Mobilmarktes und der Nutzung mobiler Dienste”. Vortrag beim Auswärtigen Amt im Rahmen der Pressereferententagung 2010. Berlin, 27. April 2010.

“The Content Provider Perspective in the EC’s PPP Programme”. Presentation as part of the EC / Information Society and Media Directorate-General strategy and consultation meeting “Towards a Future Internet Public Private Partnership”. Brussels, 3 March 2010.

“Die Digitalisierung der Medien. Der Versuch einer Einordnung.” Vortrag bei der SeniorenUnion Bad Münder / Niedersachsen, 21. April 2009.

“New Media, New Challenges, New Opportunities. Getting the content to the user: An international broadcaster’s perspective.” FTTH Forum 2008, Lisbon, 6 November 2008.

Concept and moderation (with Wilfried Runde) of the programme “360 Degree Journalism for media professionals” as part of the “Summer School on Multimedia Semantics 2008” in Chania, Crete, Greece, 4 September 2008.

“Die Zukunft der Deutsche Welle: Strategie und Aktivitäten.” Vortrag im Rahmen des Seminars “Die Zukunft von Radio, Fernsehen und Zeitung” von Prof. Dr. Günther v. Lojewski. Freie Universität Berlin, 03. Juli 2008.

“Die Distributionsstrategie der Deutschen Welle.” Vortrag und Diskussion auf einer Veranstaltung des DAAD / GATE Germany. Bonn, 6. Mai 2008.

“Markt- und Medienentwicklungen im digitalen Mediensektor: der Versuch einer Einordnung.” Vortrag im Rahmen des Seminars “Die Zukunft von Radio, Fernsehen und Zeitung” von Prof. Dr. Günther v. Lojewski. Freie Universität Berlin, 24. April 2008.

“Challenges, Role & and Activities of an International Public Broadcaster in the Mobile Video World.” Conference presentation at the “Mobile Multimedia Communications” and speaker at the closing panel entitled “Business Framework for Mobile TV”. Fraunhofer HHI, Berlin, 2-3 April 2008.

“Neue Medien, Neue Möglichkeiten!” Vortrag vor den Internetbeauftragten der Mittlerorganisationen Deutschlands (Auswärtiges Amt, Goethe Institut, DAAD, Unesco, Bundesministerium für Kultur und Medien, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung u.v.m.). Bonn, 23.11.2007.

Teilnahme am und Redner auf dem Panel “Multiplattform-Strategien: Eine Antwort auf die Globalisierung der Medienlandschaft” auf den Medientagen München, 8.11.2007.

“Die Deutsche Welle: Akteur im Medienmarkt von Heute und Morgen. Zukunftsperspektiven für den deutschen internationalen Auslandsrundfunk.” Vortrag und Diskussion vor Projektleitern und Führungspersonal der Deutsche Welle Akademie. Bonn, 29.8.2007.

“A Broadcaster Perspective to Multimedia Access and Retrieval”. Presentation at “WIAMIS 2007, The International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services”. Santorini, Greece, 6-8 June 2007.

“Mobile TV: Challenges, Role and Activities of an International Public Broadcaster.” Presentation at the Conference “Mobile TV – Interactivity, User Experiences, Content Strategies”, organised by IQPC. Berlin, 23-25 April 2007.

Moderation of the Panel “It’s about the audience, stupid.” A 4-hour session providing case studies of successful strategies used by broadcasters to reach and engage with their audiences. Part of the European Broadcasting Union’s Conference and Seminar “Multimedia Meets Radio – Harnessing the Power of the Audience”. Geneva, Switzerland, 29-30 March 2007.

“Multilingual und Multiplattform: Die Distributionsstrategie der Deutschen Welle.” Vortrag auf dem Kongress “Europäische Tagung der Medienproduktion” der Technischen Universität Ilmenau, Januar 2007.

“Future perspectives of mobile multimedia content.” Half-day workshop and performance in Helsinki as part of the EC co-funded project INCCOM. Author of, and performer in, the play “Mobile Media Madness – the (very real and ordinary) challenges of mobile TV”. Helsinki, November 2006.

“Mobile TV – The challenges for live interactive multimedia services.” IST 2006 Workshop Session. Participant in the panel discussion “How will mobile TV find its way to mass market?” Helsinki, November 2006.

“Vor dem Spiel ist nach dem Spiel ist vor den Spielen. Cross-Media Perspektiven nach der WM 2006.” [Ahead of the game is after the game, is ahead of the games. Cross-media horizons after the 2006 World Cup.”] Organisation, Konzeption und Moderation des ganztägigen Kongresses, zusammen mit Wilfried Runde. Gäste u.a.: Peter Klöppel (RTL), Friedrich Küppersbusch (probono), Dr. Alexander Tettenborn (BMWi), Henrik Rinnert (MFD), Katrin Bauerfeind (Journalistin) u.v.m. Köln, August 2006.

“Digitale Audiodienste. Wie Audioinhalte zum Hörer / zur Hörerin kommen: Dienste, Entwicklungen und Konsequenzen.” Vorlesung im Rahmen der von Prof. Dr. W. Mühl-Benninghaus & Prof. Dr. K. Goldhammer konzipierten Ringvorlesung “Ökonomische Perspektiven audiovisueller Medien – Radio”. Kooperationsveranstaltung der Freien und Humboldt Universität Berlin, Juni 2006.

“Sports / football-related cross-media services.” Presentation and panel discussion as part of a joint workshop of Forum Virium and the EC co-funded INCCOM project. Helsinki, June 2005.

“Die mobile Welt von DW-WORLD.” Vortrag auf der Eyes & Ears Academy Veranstaltung “Mobile Entertainment – Mobile Content.” Köln, Juni 2005.

Event moderation of “1st Clustering Workshop on Cross-Media European Projects.” Valladolid, Spain, May 2005.

“Deutsche Welle and Mobile Media. ‘Paying the Piper’ – Questions of Finance.” Berlin, Heinrich Hertz Institut, January 2005.

“The BOBs – Best of the Blogs.” Presentation at the BlogTalk 2.0, Vienna, July 2004.

“Erfolgsstrategien für den chinesischen Markt – Medienmodelle.” Vortrag auf einer Veranstaltung des Grimme-Instituts zum Thema “Zukunftsmarkt China – Globaler Markt auch fürs TV.” Köln, Februar 2004.

Video (and Audio) World

Here’s a number of videos (and audios). Material in which I feature, or stuff that I (co)produced. I included only material that is available online – if stuff has been (re)moved, a notification would be much appreciated!)

Me giving the opening speech on the occasion of the launch of CEDMO, the Central European Digital Media Observatory, where I serve as Chairman of the Advisory Board.

Here’s a talk I gave at the Dataxis’ Nextv Series Europe & CEE event on 9 November 2021. Presentation title: ”Disinformation, Verification and Technology.” My intervention runs from 3′ to 24′ 04”.

On 8 June 2021 I spoke in the session “Fact-checking during a global pandemic: challenges, opportunities, lessons learnt” which was part of the EDMO week that ran under the header “United Against Online Disinformation”, organised by the EDMO project (European Digital Media Observatory). The entire session was recorded and is available on demand (YouTube). My intervention can be viewed here (at 1:42:09). I talked about what it meant covering the Covid19 pandemic, with a specific focus on Deutsche Welle and the important aspect of collaboration and cooperation.

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Hier gibt es das Video einer 30-minütigen Session von der re;publica 2019 in Berlin, für die ich eine Session konzipiert und moderiert habe. Titel: Medienkompetenz in der Schule. Darin geht es über die Aktivitäten der Nichregierungsorganisation Lie Detectors, die Journalisten in Klassenzimmer schickt, um Schülerinnen und Schüler einerseits über Falschinformationen zu informieren und zu sensibilisieren, und andererseits Nachrichtenkompetenz versucht, zu vermitteln. Ich selbst bin auch aktiv für Lie Detectors, und zwar als Dozent in Schulen, als auch Ausbilder von Journalisten/innen, die in eintägigen Workshops für Klassenbesuche “fit gemacht” werden. Mit mir auf der Bühne: die Gründerin und Leiterin von Lie Detectors, Juliane Von Reppert-Bismarck.

Medienkompetenz in der Schule - re;publica 2019

Medienkompetenz in der Schule – re;publica 2019

If you are interested in the topic of digital content verification, the role of social networks for the democretic process and such like, and you have 1 hour  and 18 minutes to spare, you may want to watch a video of this panel discussion in which I participated. Its title: “Content regulation and its impact on Democracy” It was part of the CPDP conference held in Brussels from 30 January to 1 February. On the panel with me: Marisa Jiménez Martín / Facebook, Anni Hellman / European Commission and Aleksandra Kuczerawy / Centre for IT & IP Law at KU Leuven. The session was moderated by Guillermo Beltrà / Access Now and chaired by Joris Van Hoboken / Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) / University of Amsterdam. My presentation starts at 7’25”. To view it: click here or in the image on the right.

The panel

The panel

Here’s me on MNB, the Mongolian National Broadcaster. I talked to an MNB reporter about Truly Media, the verification platform we (at DW Research and Cooperation Projects) developed together with Greek software company ATC. You can view the video on Facebook here. This was all part of an investigative journalism conference that was hosten in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital, by MNB, the Mongolian Press Institute, and Deutsche Welle Akademie.
More also here (linking to the DW Akademie Facebook page).

Videobeitrag anlässlich des Festaktes “65 Jahre Deutsche Welle” im Bundestag / Paul Löbe Haus, mit Ehrengast Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel.

Im Rahmen der re:publica 2018 wurde ich im Anschluss an einen von mir organisierten und moderierten Workshop mit dem Thema “Fighting Misinformation” von Philip Banse / dctp.tv interviewt. Thema: Falschinformationen und wie dagegen angehen. Dauer: 19′ 32”. Video auf dctp.tv schauen – oder auf YouTube.

Interview mit Philip Banse

Interview mit Philip Banse

Moderation of a session entitled Automating verification? The role of technology in the verification process: status, activities and challenges, at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. It looked at the role of technology in the verification process of digital content, outlined the status of affairs, showcased various activities, and looked at 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.

In early December 2017 Deutsche Welle’s TV magazine SHIFT – ‘Living in the ditital age’ reported about the work of Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps and how they document human rights violations. Also covered in the piece: me talking about Truly Media, the verification platform we (at DW Research and Cooperation Projects) developed together with Greek software company ATC. You can view the video here – said report starts at 0’22”. A Facebook video can be found here.

Beitrag von DW SHIFT, dem Deutsche Welle Magazin für “Leben in der digitalen Welt”, in dem die Arbeit von Amnesty Internationals Digital Verification Corps vorgestellt wird und wie dieses Menschenrechtsverletzungen dokumentiert. Darin erzähle ich über Truly Media, die Verifizierungsplattform die wir (DW Forschungs- und Kooperationsprojekte) zusammen mit der griechischen Softwarefirma ATC entwickelt haben. Zum TV Beitrag geht es hier (er startet bei 0’22”. Für mehr Infos zur Arbeit von Amnesty Internationals Digital Verification Corps siehe auch diesen Artikel der Tagesschau). Ein Facebook Video gibt es hier.

Video of the entire panel session at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, April 2016. Topic: how can technology support journalists with verification of user-generated content.

Video interview at Prix Italia 2015 on various aspects of sourcing and verifying information residing in social networks.

Audio recording of news:rewired talk on panel “Sourcing stories on social media”. (July 2015)

Interview with journalism.co.uk in which I talk about sourcing content from social media, verification of eyewitness media, tools to use, best practices and research activities in which I am involved. (July 2015)

Interview I conducted with Michael Wegener, Head of the Content Center at ARD News, Hamburg, during NewsXchange 2014 in Prague. Topic: how they deal with UGC at ARD News / Tagesschau, and what role  verification plays in the process. Video available here.

Interview I conducted with Jeff Jarvis, author of the book What would Google do?, professor at City University of New York and journalist (Buzzmachine) about the future of journalism and the impact Social Media is having on the profession. Done at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum in June 2014.

Jury Mitglied des MIZ Innovation Lab auf der re:publica 2014. Videomitschnitt der gesamten Veranstaltung von Alex TV.

Film about the research project PAPYRUS. Produced together with Christoph Schickl, Deutsche Welle, 2010.

MESH project video. A film about the research project MESH. Project aim: making sense of an abundance of information existing digitally, and assisting in sorting, prioritising and filtering material. Produced together with Martin Maass, Deutsche Welle, in 2009. (Sadly, no longer available online. Luckily, I have a hi-res version stored somewhere …)

In 2008, I went to New York with my DW colleagues Wilfried Runde, Martin Maass and Mirko Lorenz. We called it “DW MoJos on Digital Media Discovery Tour.” The aim: find out “what’s hot” in the area of digital journalism. And record / report about it. In a mobile fashion – so without much fancy equipment. We interviewed leaders in digital innovation at the Reuters News Lab, The Wall Street Journal and more. The whole adventure got a dedicated blog site. Video interviews are accessible here.

In the media / featured elsewhere and by others

I only started collecting material for this section in mid-2016… Any findings and respective notifications from your side are much appreciated.

Am 12. Oktober 1997 hatte ich einen Auftritt im rbb Radio 1 Medienmagazin. Dieses hieß dereinst “Der Apparat”. Moderiert damals wie heute von Jörg Wagner. Ebendieser Jörg Wagner interviewte mich in einem ca 15-minütigen Studiogespräch anlässlich des 75. Geburtstags der britischen BBC zu den damals laufenden Veränderungen und meinen Erkenntnissen zum Thema, beschrieben in meinem ebenfalls im Jahr 1997 veröffentlichten Buch “The BBC in Transition”. In der Ausgabe des Medienmagazins vom 22. Januar 2022 war die BBC (mittlerweile steht der 100. Geburtstag der “Mutter der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten” an), wieder einmal  Schwerpunktthema. Für den dazugehörigen Podcast suchte Jörg Wagner dann in seinem Archiv das einstige Interview mit mir aus dem Jahr 1997 heraus und fügte es als sogenannten “Bonustrack” der aktuellen Ausgabe des Medienmagazins bei. Abrufbar ist alles, die Sendung vom 22. Januar 2022 inklusive der verschiedenen dazugehörigen Bonustracks (und dem Interview mit mir), als mp3 Datei bereitgestellt vom rbb, oder in der ARD Audiothek (mein Part startet jeweils in etwa bei Minute 50 und 30 Sekunden).

Here’s a recap of the year 2018 by Lie Detectors – a Brussels-based NGO that aims to bring media literacy into classrooms. I advise Lie Detectors in the before-mentioned quest, and also go into schools myself to teach children how media and news journalism works, and how to spot and deal with misinformation. A highly rewarding experience!

In November 2018 the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) published its News Report 2018, entitled: 50 Ways to make it better. Together with my DW colleague Wilfried Runde I was interviewed by one of the report’s authors, Atte Jääskeläinen, to talk about Truly Media, the collaborative verification platform we developed at DW together with our Greek partner ATC. Here’s the full report. My contribution can be found on page 94.

Here’s a long story about the EU co-funded project InVID, published in FEED Magazine in the November 2018 issue. I was interviewed for the piece earlier in the year to talk about approaches, achievements and remaining challenges in the fight against detecting misinformation in video content. The focus was on what has been done and achieved in InVID so far. Read the full article here.

In October 2018 I participated in the Asia-Europe Foundations 9th Editors’ Round-Table in Brussels, Belgium. The major topic: tackling mis/disinformation. You can view a short video of the event here.

Truth defenders gather in Germany to challenge fake news and ’lying press’ smears. Future Media Lab, 1 June 2017.

In November 2016 I gave a talk at “Bildkorrekturen” in Leipzig. Here’s a video edit of my talk (with lots of spelling errors in the layover text though…)

Trübe Quellen. Rezension meines Fachartikels “Emerging Journalistic Verification Practices Concerning Social Media“ (mit Petter Bae Brandtzaeg, Marika Lüders, Linda Rath-Wiggings und Asbørn Følstadt) durch Klaus Beck im Berliner Tagesspiegel, 8. Juni 2016.

What would an automated future look like for verification in the newsroom?  Journalism.co.uk, 8 April 2016.

New European project InVid aims to automate video verification. First Draft News, 11 March 2016.

How the Reveal Project aims to help journalists verify eyewitness media. Journalism.co.uk, 9 October 2015.

Trotz Kurssturz hat die Internetbranche Zukunft – ein Beispiel: Erfolg ohne Aktien. Berliner Zeitung, 10. Februar 2001

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