How to tackle science misinformation?

Tamar Wilner opened the session by talking about the growing problem of science misinformation online, specifically regarding things like climate change and vaccinations. As a US media and science communication researcher, she researched misinformation about cancer and alternative medicine that might cause people to abandon scientifically confirmed medication. There are good and bad ways to … Continued

Disinformation Operations in Europe

The session was opened by Veronika Vichova who works at European Values Think-Tank located in the Czech Republic which organizes the Kremlin Watch. Photos by: Vanja Čerimagić She introduced the audience to the Kremlin Watch program which was started in 2015, shortly after the annexation of Crimea in eastern Ukraine. The program was started to … Continued

What’s the point of POINT?

What is the impact of tech events and conferences? Are they worth the money and the time? What are the best ways to do them? Photos by: Vanja Čerimagić Data Fest Tbilisi in Georgia is a conference organized by ForSet, a communications organization located in Georgia. Nino Macharashvili, the Director of the organization, opened the … Continued

Towards a Better Society with Data Science

The last panel of the first day of Point was on Data Science which, according to Damir Dajanović from UG Zašto ne, became the  buzz word nowadays. The panel gathered both Imer Muhović from SINGEK ITN and Nino Macharashvili from Forset to share their experience with the audience. Photos by: Vanja Čerimagić Imer Muhović discussed his … Continued

How Digital Influencers Can Help or Harm Journalism and Mass Media

Digital influencer is the buzzword of the moment – everyone is talking about them, listening to them, or reading their content. But can they help or harm journalism and mass media? Are they spreading or debunking disinformation? Photos by: Vanja Čerimagić This panel presented findings of a digital influencers study made by the Digital Communication Network. … Continued

Using machine learning to detect violations in news articles

Haytham Mones from Akhbarmeter, Egypt, has been focusing the majority of his work on tackling manipulation, fake news and disinformation in Egyptian news articles. He opened the session with a story about recent release of a new AI algorithm called the GPT. One can feed it with one sentence saying for instance the tragic accident … Continued

Siri and the Stewardess Smile – a Human-machine Introspection

Łukasz Krol from College of Europe and Polaris gave us an insight into how do we perceive AI, and talked about relationships of humans and digital assistants such as Siri, Alexa, etc. Photos by: Vanja Čerimagić Łukasz gave the introduction into humanity’s interaction with technology by referring to 70s air travel when it was a huge … Continued

Maarten Schenk – Fake News Hunter

Maarten Schenk is expert on fake news, and as he said it, he hunts fake news for a living. On Point 8.0 he told a story on how a  photo of tattoo on a twitter profile picture led to uncovering network of fake news websites from Macedonia who published fake news on English language. Investigation … Continued

Civic Tech Tools that Fucked Up

Everyone who has implemented civic tech projects has probably failed at some point. But have we learned from those failures? Can we learn from failed projects and how can we turn failures into successes? Are there any rules to failures or is everything different every time? Photos by: Vanja Čerimagić Fuckup Nights is a global movement … Continued

State of Disinformation in the Balkans

What is the best way to combat fake news? While this question is difficult to answer, a possible approach is using all of the tools online and social media to reach larger masses of people. Photos by: Vanja Čerimagić This panel discussion gather representatives of fact-checking initiatives from the Balkans, activists and also the representative of … Continued

POINT 8.0 conference kicked off with sweets!

The eighth edition of POINT was opened with lollipops that were given to the participants of the conference willing to open the conference. After the opening Danira Karović invited partners from the ACTIONSEE network, to join the opening and to greet the guests. ACTION SEE (Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in the South East … Continued

MySociety – “More Civic less tech”

Chief Executive of the MySociety, Mark Cridge talked about the Past, the Present and the Future of this e-democracy project of the UK-based registered charity named UK Citizens Online Democracy. It began as a UK-focused organisation with the aim of making online democracy tools for UK citizens. However,as those tools were open source, the code could be and soon was redeployed in other countries. MySociety … Continued