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.

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65 Jahre Deutsche Welle. Festakt mit Angela Merkel.

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

65 Jahre DW – Vorstellung von Truly Media für die Kanzlerin. Photo: Jan Roehl

Am Dienstag den 5. Juni 2018 hatte ich eine ganz besondere Ehre: ich durfte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel die von uns (dem Bereich Forschungs- und Kooperationsprojekte der Deutschen Welle) und Athens Technology Center Griechenland entwickelte Verifizierungsplattform Truly Media vorstellen. Mit Truly Media lassen sich digitale Inhalte – insbesondere solche die in sozialen Netzwerken verbreitet werden – algorithmenunterstützt verifizieren. Genutzt wird die Plattform derzeit primär von Journalisten*innen und Personen, die Menschenrechtsverletzungen aufspüren und dokumentieren.

Kanzlerin Merkel zeigte sich sichtlich interessiert, auch wenn keine Zeit für einen detaillierteren Austausch blieb. All das fand statt im Rahmen des Festaktes “65 Jahre Deutsche Welle.”

Weitere Informationen zum Festakt im Paul Löbe Haus und dem 65. Geburtstag der Deutschen Welle in Textform und als Video gibt es hier.

 

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Working on digital content verification and launching Truly Media

The past few months I have been rather busy with a variety of verification activities. This ranges from numerous speaking engagements (more here) to the launch of Truly Media, our platform for collaborative verification. Here’s a short recap of what I have been up to recently. Continue reading