This year, WeVerify is organizing a free two-day workshop on 16 and 17 June 2021 to present the results of the project. The first day will focus on the role of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in the verification and fact-checking process while the second will present the WeVerify tools for countering disinformation: Truly Media, the open-source InVID/WeVerify verification plugin, the WeVerify Database of Known Fakes (DBKF).
Sirma AI, trading as Ontotext, continues to pursue its commitment to the fight against disinformation as part of the Horizon 2020 project “Wider and Enhanced Verification for You” (WeVerify for short), which started in December 2018.
The project aims to address the information verification challenges through a participatory verification approach, low-overhead human-in-the-loop machine learning algorithms and intuitive visualizations. Ontotext is the coordinator of the consortium, which includes the University of Sheffield (UK), Agence France Press (France), CERTH-ITI (Greece), EU DisinfoLab (Belgium), Athens Technology Center (Greece) and Deutsche Welle (Germany).
Ontotext is also leading the development of the database of known fakes (DBKF) that can help professionals quickly identify cases of content appearing in false context and avoid debunking the same stories again and again. Already debunked content is represented using an extended version of the ClaimReview metadata schema and fact checkers can quickly search for similar debunks based on text, image or video. DBKF also leverages blockchain technology to preserve data integrity and prevent malicious actors from manipulating the authenticity of fact checks.
Participation in the workshop on 16 and 17 June is free of charge and anyone interested can register online. All registered participants will get a recording of all demonstrations and will be given opportunities to ask questions and register to use the tools post-workshop.
The WeVerify project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825297.
For more information, contact Doug Kimball, Chief Marketing Officer at Ontotext