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EFCSN Governance Body & Staff at GlobalFact11

By 17/06/2024No Comments8 min read

The GlobalFact 11 Fact-Checking Summit in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, begins on June 26, 2024, and the EFCSN is excited to participate alongside many of our member organisations. As the largest fact-checking conference worldwide, this event is essential for our community to come together collaboratively with fact-checkers across the world to learn from each other and build our networks.

This year, members of the EFCSN Governance Body and Staff will speak in several sessions and present on several panels. Find below the list of sessions where a member of the EFCSN Governance Body or Staff will speak.

Defending Truth at the Ballot Box: Fact-Checkers’ Frontline Role (Carlos Hernández-Echevarría and Andrew Dudfield) June 26, 2024 10:45 AM-11:30 AM CET Main Stage – Dom Mladih

Fact-checkers from diverse contexts convene to defend electoral integrity and provide the community with insights on fresh methods transcending traditional fact-checking, authority collaborations, pre-bunking approaches, earning community trust, and partner networks.

Debunking the story of the “censorship industrial complex” (Ana Brakus) June 26, 2024 3:30 PM-4:20 PM CET Breakout Room 3

In recent years, fact-checkers have faced repeated accusations of censorship. It could not be farther from the truth. Still, in some political contexts, these accusations even grew into elaborate conspiracy theories like the one about a “censorship industrial complex” built to “silence conservative voices”. Fact-checkers who have experienced these attacks will walk us through the origin of these narratives, demonstrate how they resonate in different parts of the world and share examples of how they have fought them and what they’ve learned in the process. We will also explore the balance between protecting free speech and combating misinformation by providing context and clarity rather than “censoring” anything.

Fact-checking European elections: lessons learnt (Stephan Mündges) June 26, 2024 3:30 PM-4:20 PM CET – Classroom 19 (1.9)

In the backdrop of Europe’s election year, the panel will delve into disinformation trends, national disparities, and regulatory impacts, while also discussing the benefits and limitations of collaborations.

Regulating Disinformation on Online Platforms: The European Experience (Carlos Hernández-Echevarría, Marie Bohner, Vincent Couronne) June 27, 2024 3:30 PM-4:20 PM CET – Breakout Room 7 – Amphitheater

This session is a deep dive in the legislative and regulatory arsenal developed in the European Union to counter online disinformation and ensure big platform accountability on this issue . As different European fact-checking organisations, and in conversation with a representative from the institutional side, Dr Ľuboš Kukliš, from the European Commission, but also with a legal expert of the EU framework, Dr Martin Husovec, from the London School of Economics, we will explain what this arsenal entails, how it matters for the fact-checkers, for the online platforms but also for the online users. We will explore why it was built, and how it was developed, as this can be of interest for our global community to refer to and compare to other current systems and situations. This conversation will also lead us to explore aspects such as the legitimacy of regulation VS freedom of expression and freedom of press, the limits of this legal arsenal, the perspective of its implementation, and more.

Does AI steal from us or learn from us? A guide for fact-checkers (Andrew Dudfield) June 27, 2024 10:10 AM-11:15 AM CET Main Stage – Dom Mladih

This panel will unravel AI uses for fact-checkers, discussing challenges and implications of this groundbreaking technology for our future. This talk will help fact-checkers gaining insights into AI functioning, what do big tech companies do with our data, and how to collaborate.

The problem with YouTube and Fact-Checking (Carlos Hernández-Echevarría, Stefan Voss) June 27, 2024 11:25 AM-11:55 AM CET Main Stage – Dom Mladih

Two years ago, an open letter by the fact-checking organizations urged actions against YouTube misinformation. Yet, little progress has been made. As YouTube must improve its strategies, this panel examines global challenges and community expectations for the future.

A co-design workshop – the value of our work (Andrew Dudfield) June 27, 2024 4:30 PM-5:20 PM CET Breakout Room 5

This workshop is aimed at a co-design of tools and processes around ClaimReview: to better identify claims that may cause harm; to help fact checkers make the most of the data in their fact checks; and to consider ways of monetizing ClaimReview for the benefit of fact-checkers.

Three introductory talks will focus on the following: 1. The results of an ongoing trial of processes for identifying claims with a potential to cause harm; the many factors to take into account in selecting claims to check; and the value to fact checkers of proving the potential harmful effects of claims they check 2. The ClaimReview process; the unused value of data that are in fact checks; and how fact checkers might make more of the data 3. A new idea for ClaimReview monetization that builds on the framework of licensing agreements in other industries.

This participatory workshop will then seek ideas and input from IFCN signatories in attendance, seeking feedback on ways to improve ClaimReview for the future.

Enhancing Fact-Checking: Innovations and Collaborations with Statement PI and Elections24Check (Emre İlkan Saklıca, Stephan Mündges, Jakub Śliż) June 27, 2024 4:30 PM-5:20 PM CET

  1. Emre İlkan Saklıca – Decoding Politics: The Rise of Statement PI in Fact-Checking: “Teyit’s Director, Emre İlkan Saklıca, will unveil Statement PI, a tool aiding fact-checkers in scrutinizing politicians’ statements. Amid the noisy information ecosystem, fact-checkers struggle to discern the truth from misinformation, compounded by limited resources, especially in Turkish-speaking regions. Statement PI analyzes politicians’ statements, pinpointing verifiable claims and promises. Integrated with YouTube, it processes video content using OpenAI’s Whisper model, facilitating an efficient fact-checking process. In 2024, with billions voting, such tools are crucial, addressing critique regarding the fact-checking process by diversifying claim and promise selection. This in-house software, adaptable to multiple languages, aims to attract news outlets, enhancing political discourse accuracy. Its potential to streamline fact-checking processes and mitigate misinformation is invaluable in today’s complex media landscape.
  2. Matías Di Santi – How to expand your audience by doing fact-checking and innovation
  3. Stephan Mündges & Jakub Śliż – Elections24Check: Building a database for collaborations : In this show and tell, we will discuss outcomes, challenges, and lessons learned from building the Elections24Check database, a first of its kind database fostering EU-wide collaboration among verified fact-checking organizations to combat electoral disinformation.

Navigating the landscape of harassment: Empowering change (Tommaso Canetta) June 27, 2024 4:30 PM-5:20 PM CET Breakout Room 1

Advancing Truth in the AI Era: Global Insights and Innovations in Fact-Checking (Vincent Couronne) June 28, 2024 11:05 AM-11:55 AM CET

  1. Vincent Couronne & Theodore Caponis – The rule of law and AI-powered fact-checking : During a live demo of Dalil, an AI-powered tool platform that automates news monitoring and verification, Les Surligneurs and SIREN will cover the innovative legal-checkin methodology and its significance in today’s information landscape.
  2. Rakesh Dubbudu – Unleashing the Potential of Gen AI: Transforming Productivity and Accuracy with ‘Tagore AI’
  3. Chris Guess – How MediaVault can help fact-checkers debunk fake videos and images
  4. Babatunde Akintunde – DUBAWA Audio Platform and Chatbot :The DUBAWA Audio is an AI-powered tool deployed to facilitate the claim-sourcing aspect of the fact-checking process. As such, this tool was carefully designed to automatically listen to radio programmes, transcribe them and extract verifiable claims, saving Journalists, researchers, fact-checkers and other user’s valuable time.

Regional Networks: Experiences and Challenges (Carlos Hernández-Echevarría) June 27, 2024 4:30 PM-5:20 PM CET Breakout Room 7 – Amphitheater

Join us for an informative panel discussion at GlobalFact 11 to explore the wide-ranging landscape of regional fact-checking networks. Leaders from various regions will share their experiences and the obstacles they encounter in countering misinformation. The session will delve into how regional networks facilitate collaboration, resource sharing, and addressing specific regional misinformation issues. Attendees will learn about success stories, common obstacles like funding and political pressures, and strategies for future growth. Join us to gain insights into how these networks are making a noteworthy impact and shaping the future of fact-checking worldwide.

EDMO fact-checking network: we hit stronger together (Tommaso Canetta) June 28, 2024 10:05 AM-10:55 AM CET Breakout Room 4

The EDMO fact-checking network experience demonstrates that if fact-checkers share their experiences and information, they achieve a better understanding of the circulating disinformation and can have a stronger impact on the decision-makers.

Why we say Fact-Checking works (Carlos Hernández-Echevarría, Andrew Dudfield) June 28, 2024 2:30 PM-3:20 PM CET Main Stage – Dom Mladih

Fact-checking’s ability to decrease belief in and reduce dissemination of misinformation is widely supported by evidence, but the impact of the work of fact-checking organizations have been demonstrated in many different ways. We discuss those, and find best practices to improve our contribution.

You can view the entire program here. See you at GlobalFact!