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April 27: The current state of fact-checking

Societies across the world are trying to respond to a rapidly spreading deadly virus but also to an “infodemic” of misinformation. Fake news spreads as fast as the actual virus, multiplying its strength and reach. The webinar's goal is to discuss the issue of disinformation, in light of new developments, including polarization and lies / conspiracies about COVID-19 and to present efforts to counter falsehoods and promote scientific and data based solutions. In this virtual discussion, the Director of the International Fact-Checking Network Baybars Orsek will provide a global perspective, leading to identifying relevant trends.

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Speaker's Bio 
Baybars Örsek is the director of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at The Poynter Institute, the premier global coalition of fact-checking organizations. Prior to joining IFCN, Örsek had served as the founding executive director of the Turkish fact-checking organization Doğruluk Payı between 2014 and 2019. He is a frequent expert source for major media outlets around the world. Örsek is a member of the board of trustees at TESEV, Turkey’s oldest think tank. Before launching Doğruluk Payıin 2014, he worked at his alma mater Istanbul Bilgi University. Örsek holds a B.A. degree in international relations and an M.A. degree in conflict resolution.

Dr. Nikos S. Panagiotou is Associate Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Head of DCN Global. 

This event is co-organized by Digital Communication Network (South East Europe HUB) and World Learning and is part of DCNSEE’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. 

DCN is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges. Digital Communication Network created in 2015, is a 7.000 member strong collaborative network that connects professionals from a variety of fields and different regions of the world, committed to have an impact in the new information space.