EMIF Summer Event 2023

Fri, 30 Jun, Press Club Brussels

Over the course of a successful second year of activities, the European Media and Information Fund (EMIF) has supported 40 projects dedicated to combating disinformation across Europe and awarded a total of 6.4 million euros.

To highlight the significant impact that both the fund and its granted projects have achieved, EMIF is hosting its Summer Event in Brussels titled “Countering Disinformation During the Rise of AI: Reflecting on 2 Years of EMIF’s Impact”. During this event, EMIF will share the impact of its work during the Fund’s second year (2022/2023) of operation through presenting its Annual Progress Report, External Evaluation Report, and showcasing of a diverse choice of its granted projects.

Against the backdrop of the fast-paced developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and their influence on the information ecosystem, a few select grantees will demonstrate how they have effectively countered the harmful effects of AI-generated disinformation or, instead, have leveraged AI to combat fake news online.

Some of the showcased projects utilise machine learning for social network analysis, providing valuable insights into disinformation networks, while other innovative initiatives employ extended reality (XR) games to enhance media literacy among students, equipping them with the skills to detect deep fakes. EMIF-funded project Escape Fake 2.0 will give a demonstration of their XR games throughout the entire event with in a special XR room set-up for attendees to interact with.


09:00 – 09:30 / Registrations


09:30 – 09:50 / Opening Discussion

AI, Disinformation, and the Changing Media Landscape

Siada El Ramly (DOT)
Alberto Rabbachin (European Commission)
Luca Bertuzzi (Euractiv)
Paolo Cesarini (EMIF)


09:50 – 10:25 / EMIF Year 2: Progress, Impact, and Lessons Learned

Presentation of EMIF Annual Report and of the independent Evaluation report

Luís Madureira Pires (EMIF)
Paolo Cesarini (EMIF)
Max Von Abendroth (External Evaluator)


10:25 – 11:00 / Escape Fake 2.0 presentation and demonstration

Irina Paraschivoiu
Thomas Layer-Wagner
Cornelia Dürnberger


11:00 – 11:15 / Coffee Break


11:15 – 12:30 / Project presentations

Alliance for Securing Democracy, Euractiv, International Press Institute


12:30 – 13:00 / Closing conversation

AI and the Future of Countering Disinformation



30 June 2023 / 09:00 – 13:00 CET



Press Club Brussels
Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


You can watch our recordings here:

Part I Part II


Updated on 29 august 2023

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