POINT Conference Kicks Off in Sarajevo

Vanja Čerimagić

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – June 24, 2024 – The 12th annual conference on Political Accountability and New Technologies commenced today at Dom Mladih, Sarajevo. Organized by CA “Why Not” (“Zašto Ne”), the umbrella organization for a SEE Check member Raskrinkavanje, the conference aims to explore the intersections of politics, accountability, and the evolving landscape of digital technologies.

Darko Brkan from “Why Not” opened the event with a warm welcome to participants and attendees from around the globe. In his introductory remarks, Brkan highlighted the significance of the conference’s focus this year, emphasizing the crucial role of technology in enhancing political accountability and transparency.

The participants will address pressing issues such as journalism in Palestine amid armed conflict, the complexities of European and US elections, digital regulatory frameworks, and various “foreign agent” laws. The sessions feature a lineup of esteemed speakers, including Tai Nalon from Brazil’s Aos Fatos, Doreen Wainainah of Africa’s largest indigenous fact-checking organization PesaCheck, and Craig Silverman from ProPublica, among others.

A significant portion of the conference will focus on disinformation and fact-checking. Representatives from leading fact-checking networks, such as Angie Drobnic Holan from the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and Jakub Śliż from the European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN) will share their expertise, enhancing the discussions on global efforts to combat misinformation.

The conference will continue tomorrow with a series of workshops and panel discussions, addressing various aspects of digital security, disinformation narratives, and the role of artificial intelligence in fact-checking. 

You can follow the live stream here and access the conference program here.

Following the conclusion of this conference on June 26, the same organization will co-host Global Fact, the world’s largest gathering of fact-checkers, also taking place in Sarajevo. The conference will bring together over 500 media professionals and participants from the fields of journalism, fact-checking, academia, information technology, and media studies.

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