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EDMO BELUX in detail

Monitoring disinformation in Belgium and Luxembourg

Partners

EDMO BELUX is a cross-community, multilingual collaboration between Vrije Universiteit BrusselUniversité Saint-Louis – BruxellesMediawijsEU DisinfolabAgence France-PresseRTL Luxembourg and Athens Technology Center.

The Belgian Radio-Television of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (RTBF) is an autonomous public cultural enterprise, active in television, radio, ​the web and social networks. Its missions are defined around two axes; the needs and expectations of French-speaking Belgian citizens, and its desire to inform, entertain and educate. RTBF info department’s primary mission is to certify information and to place investigation at the heart of its approach.

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AFP

AFP is a leading global news agency providing fast, comprehensive and verified coverage of the events shaping our world and of the issues affecting our daily lives. Drawing from an unparalleled news gathering network across 151 countries, AFP also is a world leader in digital verification with specialized journalists in nearly 80 countries.

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ATC

Athens Technology Center, a tech expert on fighting disinformation. ATC coordinates the SOMA project, operating the European observatory against disinformation. ATC will set-up and operate a secure online platform supporting the detection and analysis of disinformation campaigns.

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Engage

Engage – Research Center for Publicness in Contemporary Communication – investigates the way social actors engage with each other and with society at large, with an emphasis on questions of media, communication and discourse. Engage is part of Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, a university based in the heart of Brussels.

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EU DisinfoLab

EU DisinfoLab is a young independent NGO focused on researching and tackling sophisticated disinformation campaigns targeting the EU, its member states, core institutions, and core values.

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Mediawijs

Mediawijs, the Flemish Knowledge Centre for Digital and Media Literacy, helps the citizens of the Flemish community in Flanders and Brussels to use and understand digital technology and media actively, creatively, critically and consciously. It was started by the Flemish Minister for Media at imec vzw and, among others, coordinates News in the Classroom.

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RTBF

The Belgian Radio-Television of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (RTBF) is an autonomous public cultural enterprise. Active in television, radio, the web and social networks, RTBF is an actor in its community and a driver of expression and development of its audiences. RTBF’s primary mission is to confirm and certify information before explaining it and putting it into perspective by placing the investigation at the heart of its approach.

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RTL Luxembourg

RTL Luxembourg is the leading media and news brand in the Grand-Duchy, with a major footprint in TV, radio and digital. The public service broadcaster RTL Luxembourg provides the local audience with quality programmes in news, sports, culture and education since more than 50 years.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) coordinates the EDMO BELUX project. Within the VUB, EDMO BELUX is a joint venture between the Centre for Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation (CD2I) at the Brussels School of Governance, and the Centre for Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology (imec-SMIT).

Concrete actions

In the first thirty months of its operation, the hub will publish 800 fact checks in five languages, conduct OSINT (open source intelligence) investigations on disinformation campaigns, develop and implement media literacy activities at community level in three languages and deliver annual cross-community audience studies on impact of disinformation campaigns, as well as annual assessments of effectiveness of platform responses to disinformation.

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