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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

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‘Fake News’: wieso, weshalb, warum (und was ist das überhaupt)?

Quelle: Pixabay, CCO

Quelle: Pixabay, CCO

Der Begriff ‘Fake News’ wird aktuell inflationär gebraucht. Jeder versteht darunter etwas anderes. Zeit, ein paar Gedanken dazu anzustellen und aufzuschreiben. Fokus meiner Betrachtungen: die Verbreitung von Falschnachrichten sowie das Aufspüren und Verifizieren von Informationen in und mit digitalen Medien.

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Talk at “Correcting Images 2016” / Bildkorrekturen Leipzig

Myself @bildkorrekturen. Image Sabine Witt

Myself @bildkorrekturen. Image Sabine Witt

On 19 November I spoke at the conference “Correcting Images 2016: Digitalisation and Development”  in Leipzig. The title of my 1-hour speech (I know that’s long, but judging by comments and feedback received afterwards the audience found it interesting and worth waking up – and then staying awake – for :): Social Media Content for Journalism and News Reporting: Benefits and Challenges – Focus on Verification.

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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.

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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Reveal summed up by journalism.co.uk

Here’s an article on journalism.co.uk that sums up nicely what we do in our collaborative research project REVEAL It is based on two interviews did with myself and Nikos Sarris of ATC, plus material the project consortium have released as part of the project work.