Russian fake news about the Ukraine war regularly crops up in the Netherlands and Flanders. How does this disinformation end up here and who is behind it? What technological means can journalists use to expose the spreaders of fake news ?
(NB: the language of instruction is English due to the presence of international journalism students and a foreign speaker)
Welcome and short introduction by moderator Jozefien Daelemans (Coordinator Talent Development at deBuren)
Presentation of research
On the basis of an analysis of more than 3 million Telegram messages, the opinion magazine Knack, VRT NWS and the Dutch Pointer (KRO-NCRV) investigated how Western conspiracy thinkers, also in the Low Countries, allow themselves to be used by Putin’s propaganda. The investigation focused on the completely fictitious story that the Russians invaded Ukraine because viruses are being developed there in American bio labs to wipe out the Russian population.
What possibilities does new technology offer journalists to detect fake news? Which innovations can be expected in the near future, how are larger platforms already using this technology? Are ‘classic’ media in line? Two guest speakers join this discussion:
Afterwards we chat over a drink offered by deBuren.
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