GlobalFact11: Fact-checkers to discuss AI, public policy and sustainability in Sarajevo

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THE International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is set to host stakeholders in the media, technology and information ecosystem at its 11th Global Fact-Checking Summit in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The summit which will be held from June 26-28, 2024 will bring together hundreds of fact-checkers and academia across the world to discuss critical issues like the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), evolving public policy landscapes, and ensuring the sustainability of their operations.

Presented by the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute and hosted by Sarajevo-based organization Zašto ne, the summit promises a diverse programme with dedicated tracks on reporting and editing, public policy, AI and technology, media literacy, and research.

Experts will lead discussions on navigating the impact of AI on information verification, shaping public policy to combat misinformation, and fostering media literacy across communities.

Beyond global challenges, the summit will offer a unique look at the experiences of fact-checkers in the Balkans. Attendees will delve into war propaganda, state-sponsored disinformation, and contemporary online challenges like inauthentic content and digital regulation.

Commenting on the summit, Angie Drobnic Holan, the director of the IFCN, said, “This year, our community is collaborating to address several issues, including global elections, the rise of artificial intelligence, preserving free speech, and promoting online and offline information integrity. We will be able to exchange encouragement and best practices during our meeting in Sarajevo”.

Also speaking, Tijana Cvjetićanin, the head of fact-checking at Zašto ne, stated that “Our region is uniquely positioned to provide valuable perspectives on many of the ‘hot topics’ that will be covered in this year’s GlobalFact”.

This year’s programme also caters to verified IFCN signatories with exclusive sessions on platform partnerships, maintaining independence, and database control. Additionally, keynote speakers, renowned in fields like journalism, technology, and politics, will offer their insights throughout the event. Last year’s lineup included investigative journalist Jessikka Aro, Dr. Eun-Ju Lee, and Yoel Roth (former head of Trust and Safety at Twitter).

Registration for the Global Fact-Checking Summit is now open to the public via www.globalfact11.com.

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Amala is a tactical Fact-Checker, who is passionate about using Fact-checking to curb the spread of Misinformation and Disinformation which has become prevalent in the media space. She can be reached on X at muonweblessing and LinkedIn on Amala Blessing Muonwe

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