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International Journalism Festival 2019, Perugia

Panel. Image by Giorgia Mazza #ijf19

Panel. Image by Giorgia Mazza #ijf19

It’s that time of the year again… In  April every year, Perugia is calling. Journalists and media folks from all over the world descend on the Umbrian town in droves, to discuss the present and future of journalism, exchange ideas, meet up and enjoy the delights of Italian cooking. All this adds to the charme of the event and has guaranteed its growing popularity over time.

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Content regulation, verification and its impact on democracy

If you are interested in the topic of digital content verification, the role of social networks for the democratic process and such like, and you have 1 hour  and 18 minutes to spare, you may want to watch a video of this panel discussion in which I participated. Its title: “Content regulation and its impact on Democracy” It was part of the CPDP conference held in Brussels from 30 January to 1 February. On the panel with me: Marisa Jiménez Martín / Facebook, Anni Hellman / European Commission and Aleksandra Kuczerawy / Centre for IT & IP Law at KU Leuven. The session was moderated by Guillermo Beltrà / Access Now and chaired by Joris Van Hoboken / Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) / University of Amsterdam. My presentation starts at 7’25”.


Making it better – public service media and the future of news

EBU News Report

EBU News Report

In November 2018 the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) published its News Report 2018, entitled: 50 ways to make it better. In the EBU press release it states that the report “highlights practical and concrete solutions and 50 real examples on building engagement and trust in public service journalism.”

Together with my Deutsche Welle colleague Wilfried Runde I was part of those who were interviewed by one of the report’s authors, Atte Jääskeläinen. We had been asked to talk about Truly Media, the collaborative verification platform we developed at DW Research & Cooperation Projects together with our Greek partner ATC – Athens Technology Center. And so we did!

The report is available to the public. However, in order to lay your hands onto it, you need to get an EBU account and log in accordingly to download the full paper. More here on the respective EBU page.


Speaking at Investigative Journalism Dialogue in Mongolia

Me on panel - photo by DW Akademie

Me on panel – photo by DW Akademie

On 2 and 3 October 2018 I spoke at the “Investigative Journalism Dialogue” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. was attended by about 150 people, mostly journalists and media managers from Mongolia and other parts of South-East Asia. It was organised by the Mongolian broadcaster MNB, the Mongolian Press Institute, and Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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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.

Wie digitale Inhalte verifizieren – und warum? Interview mit Philip Banse auf dctp.tv

Vom 2. bis 4. Mai 2018 stand wieder einmal die re:publica auf dem Programm. Das diesjährige Motto: POP! POP stand unter anderem für “Pop an sich”, als auch für “Power of the People”.

Laut Veranstaltern soll(te) die #rp18 “… populären Medienphänomenen mit offenem Interesse begegnen. Worauf begründet sich die Faszination von (scripted) Realityshows, Insta-Stars und Influencern und welchen Einfluss haben sie auf die Gesellschaft? Is this the Real Life? Ist Fake längst akzeptierter Mainstream, über den sich niemand mehr wundert? Was macht alternative Fakten so sexy für besorgte Bürger? Wo steckt der POP im POPulismus?”

All dies ein grober Überblick über die zahlreichen Themen dieser gigantischen Veranstaltung für alles rund um digitale Medien und die digitale Gesellschaft.

Fast 10.000 Personen hatten sich für die re:publica 2018 registriert. Über 900 Sprecher*innen bevölkerten die Bühnen. Einer davon war ich, und zwar als Organisator und Moderator des Panels Fighting Misinformation. Darin ging es um das Erkennen und Verifizieren von Falschinformationen, sowie die nähere Betrachtung dieses Phänomens. Teilnehmer*innen waren aufgerufen, aktiv einige Verifizierungsaufgaben zu lösen.

Ein Mitschnitt der Session lag am 7. Mai 2018 noch nicht vor. Allerdings wurde ich im Anschluss an unseren Workshop von dctp.tv gefragt, ob ich ihnen für ein Interview zum Thema zur Verfügung stünde. Kein Problem! Hier ist es: meine Wenigkeit zum Thema Falschinformationen und wie dagegen angehen. Das Interview führte Philip Banse. Dauer: ganze 19 Minuten und 32 Sekunden…

Video schauen (hier auf Link oder direkt in das Bild klicken, dann geht’s los).

Video auf dctp.tv schauen (hier oder ins Bild klicken – Achtung: da wird der Flash-Player genutzt) – oder auf YouTube ansehen.

Interview mit Philip Banse

Interview mit Philip Banse

Automating Verification?

This was the title of a session I organised and moderated at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. It looked at the role of technology in the verification process, status of affairs, various activities and challenges the sector is having to deal with. With me on the podium were  from UK factchecking organisation FullFact; , from Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps; , City University London, Dept. of Journalism; and from social news agency Storyful. You can watch a video of the entire session here (starting after 23 seconds).