IMI Annual Event 2020 (24 September)

The IMI and its members are delighted to announce their Annual Event that will bring together researchers and media professionals, as well as anyone interested in the transformation of the media sector and the role of institutions, especially in these changing times.


“Helping media fight misinformation and restore the public’s trust”

Thursday 24 September 2020, 16:30
EPFL, Lausanne (or digital event if required)


During this event, the results of the projects from our first call for proposals entitled “Helping media fight misinformation and restore the public’s trust” will be presented by the teams of scientists and media experts. We will also have the privilege of debating this topic with Paul-Olivier Dehaye, an internationally renowned Belgian mathematician and data protection expert.

Through such events, the IMI aims to be a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, as well as the development of partnerships between the academic world and the media sector. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet many experts and stakeholders active in this field.

We are making every effort, in collaboration with EPFL, to ensure the safety and health of our guests and partners. For this reason, there is limited capacity both at the event venue and for the cocktail reception. Should the health situation change, the event would be live streamed online. In any case, registration is free but required until Sunday 20 September 2020 at midnight. Please register by clicking on the link below or by contacting us at

We look forward to seeing you in September!





  • 16h30: Registration
  • 17h00: Welcome address – Prof. Yves Flückiger
    Rector of UNIGE and Chairman of the IMI Board as the Triangle Azur representative
  • 17h10: Word from the Director – Mounir Krichane
    Director of the IMI
  • 17h25: Interview & panel discussion – Paul-Olivier Dehaye
    Belgian mathematician and data protection expert
  • 17h55: Presentation of IMI projects
    Fake News, Audiences and Journalism – Prof. Nathalie Pignard-Cheynel (UniNE), Sébastien Salerno (UNIGE)
    Media Observatory Initiative – Jérémie Rappaz (EPFL)
    Scientific Expertise and Media Discourse – Agathe Chevalier (Universities of Western Switzerland – RTS)
    Social network Architectures of Disinformation (#sad) – Benjamin Ricaud (EPFL)
    Traceable Original Journalistic Content (TOJC) – Matthieu Delaloye (HES-SO Valais-Wallis), Sébastien Hersant (ESH Médias)
    Trust Over Time – Nicolas Henchoz (EPFL), Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez (Idiap Research Institute)
  • 19h00: Demo of IMI projects, informal networking & cocktail reception
  • 20h30: End of the event

Moderation: Nathalie Ducommun, Journalist and producer of the TV program “Mise au Point” at RTS

Special guest

Paul-Olivier Dehaye

Paul-Olivier is a Mathematician and the Founder of PersonalData.IO, a nonprofit organization based in Geneva that focuses on data protection with the aim of empowering the civil society to actively respond to threats to our personal data. He was a SNSF Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich until 2016, before becoming a data protection advocate and social entrepreneur. He conducted research for several widely circulated newspaper articles, including with journalist Carole Cadwalladr in exposing the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal. This work also led him to appear in Netflix’s documentary The Great Hack and to testify before the British and European Parliaments. He is also a Board Member of MyData Global and the Founder of MyData Geneva, two nonprofit organizations promoting the ethical use of personal data. | @podehaye


Paul-Olivier Dehaye, le matheux ennemi de Facebook” (Le Temps)