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Advising on the EC’s Work Programme 2018-2020 in “Converging Media and Content”

Post it!

Post it!

On 19 April 2016 I was invited by the European Commission’s “DG CONNECT / Converging Media and Content Unit G1″ to advise on the Unit’s Work Programme for 2018-2020. An interesting as well as challenging undertaking, as participants were asked to envision what the media landscape will look like in 2030 in order for the Unit to formulate coresponding activities and programmes. Hence, a lot of brainstorming, discussions, pinning down of ideas (we used enormous amounts of “post-its”) and debate took place throughout the day. According to the hosts, it provided them with lots of useful insights. Let’s see whether and how this will be reflected in future work programmes!

 

 

Paper Published on Image Forensics and Journalism

I just had another paper published. Together with Markos Zampoglou, Symeon Papadopoulos and Yiannis Kompatsiaris of the Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas in Thessaloniki, Greece, and my Deutsche Welle colleague Ruben Bouwmeester, I wrote a paper entitled Web and Social Media Image Forensics for News Professionals. It focuses on automating the verification of social media content, and points to some of the challenges in the domain, especially image analysis. Furthermore, in the paper we discuss what has changed in journalism with regards to using and verifying content that is posted and shared on social networks (that part was my contribution). You can access the full paper here.

International Journalism Festival Perugia

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One of many fact-checking sessions

I’ve just returned from the International Journalism Festival, Perugia. A great event on all accounts! It provided me with the opportunity to catch up with many familiar people and meet up with and get to know scores of new ones. The programme was extremely versatile, the location and looking-after was fantastic, so all in all a brilliant event for anyone interested in the current state of affairs and future of journalism.

I also participated in a panel entitled “Automating verification: how far can we go?” You can view the video of the entire session (1hr 16) at the above location, or read a summary written by Journalism.co.uk. if you want to find out more about my direct involvement in the event, plus what the other panelists had to say about automating the verification of UGC.

 

New research project: InVID (In VIDeo veritas)

InVID (image by Jochen Spangenberg)

InVID (image by Jochen Spangenberg)

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.

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Looking back: The EU’s Media Literacy Expert Group Meeting

Starting off

Starting off

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.

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Verification / Eyewitness Media: Links and Resources

Here, I am collecting links and material that has to do with the verification of eyewitness media (user-generated content). I will add to it as I go along. If you have any suggestions for additions, I very much welcome your pointers to further resources.

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Look ahead: EU’s Media Literacy Expert Group Meeting

On 1 December 2015, I’ll participate at the Meeting of the Media Literacy Expert Group of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, in Brussels. More information about the day, speakers and topics can be found on the event website.