The MediaFutures Coordinator, Alexandra Garatzogianni, presented the MediaFutures project, status and next steps at the final event of the H2020 Fandango project

The FANDANGO (FAke News discovery and propagation from big Data ANalysis and artificial intelliGence Operations) project aimed to break data interoperability barriers providing unified techniques and an integrated big data platform to support traditional media industries to face the new “data” news economy with a better transparency to the citizens under a Responsible, Research and Innovation prism. This goal was validated and tested in three specific domains Climate, Immigration and European Context, these are typical scenarios where fake news can influence perception with respect to social and business actions and where news can be verified and validated by trustable information, based on facts and data.

To this end, the FANDANGO project aggregated and verified different typologies of news data, media sources, social media, open data, so as to detect fake news and provide a more efficient and verified communication for all European citizens. European tradition in democracy, journalism and transparency should play a wordwide example in fast changing society, where all citizens appears completely overwhelmed by the new technologies and by the new social challenges.The possibility to use cross sector Big Data management and analytics, along with an effective interoperability scheme for all our data sources, has the potential to tackle this urgent problem, generating new business and societal impacts involving several stakeholders, including:

  • Media Companies: news agencies, broadcaster, newspapers, etc.
  • Governmental institutions and organisations.
  • The overall industrial ecosystem.
  • The entire society.

The successful final event of the FANDANGO project was very helpful to share knowledge about achievements accomplished while enabling the networking and collaboration among the invited H2020 projects that tackle the current challenges of the media landscape.