Last week, the Central European Digital Media Observatory (CEDMO) hosted the International Conference ‘Europe tackles Information Chaos’ in Prague (September 22-23,2022).
We were honored to participate in this significant event and welcomed to share our views on the flaming issue of information disorders that news and journalistic organizations face, deriving from our extensive expertise in designing and providing novel solutions for media organizations, journalists, and fact-checkers.
Within this spectrum, our very own Mr. Christos Gavalas, Business Development Manager, and Mrs. Danae Tsampouraki, Project Manager, shared their insights on why Artificial Intelligence is important for fact-checking and presented the available tools and methods for journalists to tackle the disinformation phenomena, by highlighting:
- the benefits of Truly Media, a collaborative platform co-developed with Deutsche Welle (DW) to support the verification of social media content.
- the way to have access to in-depth Twitter analytics with TruthNest, which supports the identification of true influencers and the detection of trolls and bots by profiling Twitter user accounts based on their activity, network, and influence.
Furthermore, leading experts and key stakeholders, including NGOs, academics, think tanks, practitioners, and legislative and technology actors also contributed to exploring a comprehensive range of topics, always highlighting the importance of protecting information ecosystems, democracy, social cohesion, and human rights.
Vera Jourova, Vice-President for Values and Transparency in the EU Commission stated that the continent is in a crisis situation, with the war raging in Europe’s borders and that what is needed is for Europe to give its best in order to put the information out, to show facts and to listen and talk to European citizens.
Whereas, Jocelyn Zablit, coordinator for the AFP fact-checking projects in Europe, spoke about the importance of media literacy. “We can do as much as we can as journalists to fight disinformation. But educators and other professionals also need to understand they have to teach children how to navigate the digital world when they are young“.
As an active partner of the European Commission’s action plan to fight disinformation, we feel very proud for playing a vital role not only in CEDMO’s activation, but in several disinformation observatories within the EU (Belgium, Luxemburg, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Bulgaria). We remind you that for CEDMO, ATC is responsible for the development of the project’s technical infrastructure and will be designing and developing the project’s key online informative outlet. Learn more about our role in CEDMO.