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
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