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MCB Fact is a brand new conference aimed at fighting disinformation.  

The spread of an increasing amount of disinformation, influence operations, conspiracy theories and so called “fake news” online is becoming a significant problem. In a time where truth is more challenged than ever, we have dedicated this conference to learn from the brightest minds on the fight against disinformation. Speakers range from journalists, fact-checkers, researchers, politicians, technology companies, to media organizations.

Save the date, June 8, for a new conference and meeting place at Media City Bergen, dedicated to the work on fighting disinformation. Everyone with an interest in the field is welcome to attend!

NB: You will need a ticket for this conference! Get your ticket for MCB Fact here.

08:30 - 09:00 - Registration 

09:00 - Welcome by Shirish Kulkarni

Kristoffer Egeberg - Editor, Faktisk.no

Rebecca Skippage - Disinformation Editor, BBC News - Reaching the Unreached

Panel: Free speech in a age of disinformation - With Rebecca Skippage, Kristoffer Egeberg and TBA

10:20 - Break 

Mari Velsand - Director General, The Norwegian Media Authority - Media literacy – an antidote against disinformation

Eskil Grendahl Sivertsen - Special Adviser, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)- Foreign influence operations – a threat to democracy

Bo Bergstedt -Technology Strategist, TV 2 Denmark - Can a deepfake trick a Danish politician?

12:00 - Lunch

Irina Anisimova - Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Studies at the University of Bergen

Ghazaal Sheikhi - Postdoctoral Fellow, MediaFutures - Where we stand in pursuit of automated fact-checking: the promise and pitfalls of AI-based solutions

Maria Amelie - CEO/Cofounder, Factiverse - Three steps to stop echo chambers and prevent polarization

Olav Hjertaker - Founder & CEO, Web 64 - Media Monitoring tools for fact-checkers

13:50 - Break 

Melanie Burford - Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and producer - The vulnerability of truth within the age of misinformation: Authenticating the journalistic image

Øystein Bogen - Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Author, TV 2 - Russia’s Secret War Against the West

Panel: How Russia is working to spread its narrative, and what can be done to stop it - With Øystein Bogen, Johanne Kalsaas, Eskil Grendahl Sivertsen and Maria Amelie

Presentation of the Anne Jacobsen Memorial Award.

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Irina Anisimova

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bergen
Irina Anisimova is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Studies at the University of Bergen. She has recentlyco-edited the volume, The Cultural is Political: Intersections of Russian Art and State Politics, and she has co-founded the Research Group for Contemporary Russia at the University... Read More →
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Melanie Burford

Filmmaker, Photographer, and Producer
Melanie Burford is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and producer specializing in journalistic storytelling. She was part of the team of Dallas Morning News photographers who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina... Read More →
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Bo Bergstedt

Technology Strategist, TV 2 Denmark
For the last 14 years Bo Bergstedt have been working within the Nordic media-industry, with a focus on developing streaming-services and digital products to compete with international giants. Since 2020 Bo have been involved in projects that meant producing deep-fakes, tricking politicians... Read More →
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Øystein Bogen

Journalist, Author and Documentary Filmmaker, TV 2
Øystein Bogen has an educational background from The Armed Forces' Russian course, which qualified him to work as an interpreter in a number of official contexts - including for the Police in East Finnmark, later for the Armed Forces. He studied journalism during an exchange year... Read More →
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Rebecca Skippage

Disinformation Editor, BBC News
Rebecca is the BBC's first Disinformation Editor. She leads teams based in the UK, Africa and India that observe, report and investigate disinformation trends, verify and debunk misinformation, and create digital material to help people recognise and avoid 'fake news'. She developed... Read More →
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Shirish Kulkarni

Innovation & Inclusion Consultant, United Kingdom
Shirish is an award-winning journalist, researcher and community organiser with 25 years’ experience working in all the UK’s major broadcast newsrooms, and at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He now works across a range of innovation and inclusion projects, spanning participatory... Read More →
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Editor in Chief, Faktisk.no
Faktisk.no AS is a non-profit organization and independent editorial staff with the purpose of fact checking the Norwegian public and societal debate. Through competence development and exchange Faktisk.no aims to be an open laboratory for source criticism and media understanding... Read More →
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Mari Velsand

Director, Norwegian Media Authority (Medietilsynet)
Mari Velsand has been Director of the Norwegian Media Authority (Medietilsynet) since 2017. She has extensive management experience from the media industry, including as CEO of Amedia, CEO of Tun Media, Editor-in-Chief of Nationen and program director of NRK. She has also worked as... Read More →
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Eskil Grendahl Sivertsen

Senior Cyber-Social Propaganda & Influence Adviser, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
Eskil Grendahl Sivertsen has both a civilian and military background that includes 18 years of experience with strategic communications from the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Armed Forces, tech and the communications industry. Sivertsen has been a strategic... Read More →
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Ghazaal Sheikhi

Postdoctoral Fellow, SV/Infomedia
Ghazaal Sheikhi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies. Her research interests revolve around machine learning, natural language processing and content analysis.Ghazaal investigates (semi) automated methods and tools for fact checking and... Read More →
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CEO & Founder, Web64
Provide real-time analytics of what content is consumed, who is publishing it, and where it is being shared.
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Maria Amelie

CEO & Co-founder, Factiverse
Factiverse automate the detection of misinformation with cutting-edge AI and NLP. Their patented solution helps journalists and editors to fact check the news and automatically identify fact-check worthy claims. It saves time and resources and prevents further spread of misinformation... Read More →

Wednesday June 8, 2022 09:00 - 15:00 CEST
Atlantis, Media City Bergen Lars Hilles gate 30, 5008 Bergen