Upcoming events: where to hear from CrossOver in fall 2022

CrossOver will be presented at several webinars, conferences or discussions. Want to hear more about the project? It’s here.

Whether it is about discussing the findings of the investigations, explaining how the dashboards work or presenting the Media and Information Literacy Kit, the Crossover consortium members will be talking about the project to different events this autumn.

Nieuws in de Klas dag 2022

an event of Nieuws in de Klas in collaboration with EDMO BELUX . 

📅 Thursday 13 october 2022, 9:00 – 15:45 CET

📍 BeCentral, Edge Stone 10, 1000 Brussels

🎙 Dutch

Panel discussion “How can we arm young people against disinformation?”

Hind Fraihi, journalist at Apache will present the outputs of the CrossOver project during a panel discussion with Amir Bachrouri, chairman of the Flemish Youth Council, Kristien Bruggeman, Lab Driven Education, and Trisha Meyer, researcher Brussels School of Governance.

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Facts to Act 2022

an event of the Hannah Arendt institute

📅 Saturday 15 october 2022, 15:30 – 17:00 CET

📍 Lamot, Mechelen

🎙 Dutch

What is Truth?

Jan Jagers, journalist and academic who heads Knack’s fact-checking editorial team, receives prominent guests to analyze the rise and danger of disinformation. Fake news turned inside out. What are facts, what are opinions and how do they relate to each other? Ideological groups set up their own social media. Fake news goes fast, everyone has their own truth. That creates tensions. What are the social consequences of truth decay and disinformation? And above all, what now? Can scientific insights help us tackle the problem of disinformation? And, how do we achieve it in practice? 

Hind Fraihi, journalist at Apache will have the occasion to discuss the findings of the CrossOver project together with Erika Vlieghe, professor and head of general internal medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine, Jaron Harambam, a sociologist who studies how conspiracy theories work and what they aim for and Rudi Vranckx, a journalist and reporter on international conflicts at the VRT.

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MLA4MedLit Conference: Teacher Education in Digital and Media Literacy

📅 Wednesday 19 october 2022, 13:30 – 15:00 CET

📍 Brussels

🎙 English

Teachers play a hugely important role in empowering young citizens to tackle disinformation by promoting digital, media and information literacy in their classrooms. This one day online conference aims to bring together those concerned with teacher education and training in Europe and elsewhere to identify best-practice in upskilling and equipping teachers with the competencies, attitudes and opportunities to fulfill this role. It will also provide an opportunity to share experiences and resources and meet others actively engaged in teacher education and training in digital and media literacy.

This event is associated with the Global Media & Information Literacy Week organised by UNESCO from 24-31 October.

Continuous professional development for teachers in digital, media and information literacy is organised in many different ways in Europe and elsewhere. Dedicated workshops, training courses and project participation opportunities are just some of the ways in which this is happening. Join this session to get a flavour of how it is made possible in different settings and locations with an emphasis on best practice and effective strategies. During these talks, resources will be shared and networking to support follow up will be facilitated.

Divina Frau-Meigs, Professor of Media Sociology, Sorbonne Nouvelle, France & Présidente of Savoir*Devenir will present the Media and Information Literacy kit associated to CrossOver.

Speakers will also include:

  • Ricardo Castellini da Silva, Media Literacy Educator, Institute of Future Media, Democracy and Society, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland
  • Divina Frau-Meigs, Professor of Media Sociology, Sorbonne Nouvelle, France & Présidente Savoir*Devenir, Présidente GAPMIL Europe
  • Stephanie De Clercq, Kenniscentrum Digisprong (Knowledge Centre), Ministry of Education and Training Flanders, Belgium
  • Vitor Tomé, International MIL Expert and Researcher at Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology of ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Moderator: Andy Demeulenaere, Coordinator Mediawijs (Flemish Knowledge Centre on Digital and Media Literacy), Flanders/Belgium

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EU DisinfoLab conference

📅 Wednesday 26 october 2022, 09:00 – 18:00 CET

📍  Radisson Collection Grand Place, Brussels

🎙 English

The conference will bring together renowned experts from diverse backgrounds, digging into pressing issues in the disinformation space, from developments in the field of open-source investigations, and in the policy domain (the Digital Services Act), through the framework of accountability.

Time to hold algorithms accountable

For the CrossOver project, Nelly Pailleux, CKO and co-founder of CheckFirst, will discuss algorithms and accountability together with Tracking.exposed and Algorithm Watch.

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EDMO BELUX scientific workshop: insights on the impact of disinformation from multiple perspectives

📅 Friday 28 october 2022, 09:30 – 18:30 CET

📍  Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, 119 Rue du marais (parking entrance), 1000 Bruxelles

🎙 English

EDMO BELUX, the Belgian and Luxembourgish hub for the monitoring of, and research on digital media and disinformation, is pleased to invite you to a scientific workshop where the researchers of the hub will present their first research results after one year of conducting the project. The EDMO BELUX presentations and discussions will be preceded by a keynote presentation by Divina Frau-Meigs (Savoir*Devenir) on the topic of algo-literacy thanks to the CrossOver Media and Information Literacy material.

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Media cafe | The spread of Russian fake news in the Netherlands

📅 Tuesday 8 November 2022, 20:00 – 22:00 CET

📍  deBuren, Rue Léopold 6, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique

🎙 English

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 ?


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.

  • Karin Eeckhout (journalist and fact checker at Knack ) and Amra Dorjbayar (data journalist at VRT NWS) present the research and explain the technology used. The research was realized with the support of, among others, the  Flemish-Dutch Journalist Scholarship (VNJB).

Panel discussion
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:

  • Hind Fraihi (Apache journalist) and Nelly Pailleux (CKO and co-founder of CheckFirst). Apache and CheckFirst are two of the four partners in the EU – supported CrossOver project . CrossOver tracks and measures the influence of content recommendation algorithms on social media in Belgium and shows how they can lead to disinformation.  

Afterwards we chat over a drink offered by deBuren.

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Brussels European Journalism Symposium

📅 Friday 25 november 2022, 15:30 – 16:45 CET

📍  IHECS, Rue de l’Etuve 58, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique

🎙 English

IHECS Brussels and the NGO Journalisme & Citoyenneté (“Journalism & Citizenship”), organizer of the “International Journalism Conference in Tours and Tunis”, have decided to come together to create the “European Journalism Symposium in Brussels”.

Within the European Union, numerous federations of journalists, university groupings,  training centers, associations of operators, publishers, trade unions or civil society organizations are acting to improve access to quality information and media literacy. However, there is no referent or recurring meeting to gather these parties and contribute to building European journalism and media literacy know-how. The first edition of the European Journalism Symposium in Brussels on November 23, 24, 25 carries this ambition.

MIL in perspective: towards algo-literacy with the CrossOver project

The whole consortium will be gathered to present the outputs of the CrossOver project.

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Upcoming events: where to hear from CrossOver in fall 2022