Athens Technology Center (ATC) reaffirms its key, active role in European Commission’s (EC) Action Plan to combat disinformation, undertaking to technologically support 3 new Observatories, providing specialized tools for the detection and analysis of misinformation incidents. These hubs are part of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO), and will be added to 2 more that already use ATC’s fact checking solutions.
More specifically, the 5 Observatories now supported by ATC, currently cover a total of 12 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium and Luxembourg). Their staff will have access to the Truly Media platform, to analyze and verify digital content as it is distributed online, including tools to conduct a thorough analysis of active Twitter accounts.
At the same time, ATC is also responsible for the design and development of the hubs’ websites (in 2 languages, both for the Mediterranean region and German-Austrian).
All these hubs will collaborate with fact-checking organizations, news evaluation training experts and academic researchers, thus contributing to the creation of a pan-European network capable of detecting and analyzing disinformation campaigns, organizing media literacy activities, as well as and on issues related to the operation and role of the media at national or multinational level and other initiatives that support the fight against disinformation.
About Athens Technology Center (ATC)’s fact checking solutions
Truly Media has been co-developed by ATC and DW, in order to support the collaborative evaluation of user-generated content. The platform is used by the European Science-Media Hub, by the members of the European Observatory against Disinformation, the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO), while also being trusted by organizations such as DW, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), FactCheck Mongolia, Amnesty International, Reuters, and the Human Rights Center (University of California, Berkeley). Moreover, Truly Media has been exploited by a vast network of journalists and fact-checkers in Myanmar and Georgia.
TruthNest is ATC’s proprietary Twitter analytics tool, supporting the identification of true influencers while also helping with the detection of trolls and bots via enhanced profiling of active Twitter accounts. TruthNest web app provides Open Data statistical analysis, resulting in a variety of KPIs related to the activity, the network, and the influence of Twitter accounts. Last but not least, TruthNest has also won the Public Vote Award (Software of the year) at Innovation Radar Competition (run by the European Commission).
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