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.


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.