European Digital Media Observatory

EDMO brings together fact-checkers, media literacy experts and academic researchers to understand and analyse disinformation, in collaboration with media organisations, online platforms and media literacy practitioners.

Since the report of the High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news and online disinformation in 2018, the European Commission has developed several initiatives to address the phenomenon. However, a multi-disciplinary independent response has so far been lacking.

EDMO will fill this gap, promoting scientific knowledge on online disinformation, advancing the development of EU fact-checking services and supporting media literacy programmes. EDMO will support National Regulatory Authorities whilst at the same time paving the way for trusted sharing of much needed data for research.

EDMO consortium is led by European University Institute in Florence (Italy), which will rely on the expertise of its School of Transnational Governance and Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom. Other consortium partners are Danish research centre Datalab at Aarhus University, which is specialised in digital social research; Greek Athens Technology Center, which provides the technological support and is coordinating the Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis (SOMA); and the Italian Pagella Politica, one of the country’s major fact-checking organisations.

EDMO is governed by an executive and advisory board composed of experts from research, media and fact-checking organisations. EDMO’s governance structure is independent from public authorities, including the European Commission.

ATC will further enhance the already feature-rich Truly Media platform, by integrating for example, deep fake detection functionalities, the ability to verify user generated content (UGC) in more social media networks and more. Truly Media has been co-developed from ATC and Deutsche Welle (DW), in order to support the collaborative evaluation of the validity of user generated content.

The project started on June 2020 and will last for 30 months.

Follow EDMO on Twitter: @EDMO_EUI

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