REVEAL workshop on 16 September 2016

Image by Ruben Bouwmeester

Image by Ruben Bouwmeester

On Friday 16 September 2016 the REVEAL project consortium, in which I am involved, is hosting a one day workshop south of Athens, Greece, in which participants will raise and discuss various aspects of social media verification. This includes showcasing how technology can aid in the process, discuss existing challenges, and point to possible solutions. All this with a cear view to journalistic and news media needs and requirements.

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Big Data and UGC Verification in Malaysia

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It’s hot and sticky outside, but cool and refreshing inside. I am in Putrajaya, Malaysia, where I just finished my talk on “Big Data in Media and its Implications for Journalism”. It’s part of the EU-SEA Big Data Summit 2016, organised by the EC co-funded project Connect2SEA.  On 4 May, and in addition to the conference participation on 5-6 May, I gave a workshop presentation about UGC verification. All went well. And I am too tired and exhausted now to write more about it. If you want to find out more and get some impressions of the past few days, see some of my Tweets on Twitter to get an idea of what I have been up to.

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Audience

Malaysia and big (social media) data calling

Kuala Lumpur (CC0)

Kuala Lumpur (CC0)

This week, I’ll be in Malaysia. On Wednesday, 4 May, I’ll be conducting a two hour workshop / presentation entitled “Social media analytics, importance and challenges to assess the trustworthiness of information in social media”. In other words: I’ll be getting into verification of UGC and related issues. What I will present is largely based on the knowledge acquired in the course of the REVEAL project. The workshop is organised by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. It is part of the The Data Matters Series – Transforming Service Industry via Big Data Analytics.

On Thursday 6 May, I’ll then speak at the EU-South East Asia Big Data Summit. My talk at the 2-day conference, organised by the Connect2SEA Project, bears the title “Big Data in Journalism and its Role for the News Business”.

A busy week ahead. I’ll be tweeting about it under @jospang and, if it fits, @RevealEU.

TechRaking Berlin

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Winning Team

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.

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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.