WeVerify’s Verification Plugin Is A Winner of the U.S.-Paris Tech Challenge Against Disinformation and Propaganda Award

The InVID/WeVerify plugin, which uses Ontotext’s Database of Known Fakes to help journalists in their fact-checking and debunking on social networks, won funding from the U.S. State Department

Sofia/Bulgaria Friday, October 8, 2021

The U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center’s 2021 U.S.-Paris Tech Challenge took place virtually on September 29-30, 2021. It aimed to support the development of promising technologies that offer innovative solutions against propaganda and disinformation across Europe.

To be effective, such solutions have to be able to identify, expose and counter the threats that disinformation and propaganda pose to public trust and security. Therefore, selected technology organizations from Europe were invited to submit an application to present their solutions against these threats. Out of these, eight were chosen to showcase their technology to a closed audience, followed by a Q&A session from a panel of judges.

At the public finale on September 30, 2021, the InVID/WeVerify verification plugin was announced as one of the three award winners. The plugin offers open-source content verification tools and has been designed as a verification “Swiss army knife” to help journalists, human rights defenders, etc. in their fact-checking and debunking on social networks, especially when verifying videos and images.

The InVID/WeVerify plugin functionalities were further developed as part of the EU co-funded Horizon 2020 innovation action WeVerify (Wider and Enhanced Verification for You) and also integrates similarity searching of content against the Database of Known Fakes (DBKF), a result created by Ontotext as part of the project.

Congratulations to our awardees!


For more information, contact Doug Kimball, Chief Marketing Officer at Ontotext