Media Observatory Initiative

Summary

Moving toward digitalization, the news ecosystem goes through a transition phase that eases access to topical issues but tends to amplify disinformation, consequently undermining public’s trust in the media. We propose a concrete solution through the development of a Web-based Media Observatory in order to promote information literacy and to reconcile media with their audience. The observatory has the following key objectives: giving the public access to algorithmic solutions to monitor the news landscape, developing transparent quality and credibility indicators and creating a meeting point to foster multidisciplinary research opportunities.

Keywords :
observatory, digitalization, media sustainability, news ecosystem, visualization

Project outputs

Duration

12 months

Researchers involved

Principal investigator:

Prof. Karl Aberer (EPFL)

 

Collaborator:

Jérémie Rappaz (EPFL)

Academic institutions

Distributed Information Systems Laboratory – LSIR (EPFL)

Media partners

Le Temps (Ringier)

Status

This project started in October 2019 and is ongoing

Related call for projects

Helping media fight misinformation and restore the public’s trust

In the media

An algorithm to detect outside influences on the media” (EPFL News)

Cartographier les médias pour identifier leurs biais cachés” (Le Temps)