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21 — 25 April 2021 | Leuven, Belgium
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    Is the truth still true?

    Is the truth still true?

    media entrepreneurship AI

    "Twitter did a poor job of dealing with Donald Trump for a very, very long time. He was clearly spreading disinformation, he was clearly being abusive to people."

    Jimmy Wales









    At and&, we are building an interdisciplinary space where sharp minds bow there heads over 21 questions for the 21st century.

    Only with the election of Donald Trump as the president of the USA in 2016, most of us learned about the concept of echo chambers and fake news. By now, The Washington Post publishes under the slogan ‘Democracy dies in darkness’. That puts everyone on the quest for truth on a very slippery road. 

    Can innovation help to protect freedom of the press, and create media that we trust? Some freedom fighters are actively turning the tide, like Jimmy Wales, who founded Wikipedia 20 years ago. With the platform WikiTribune, he now also proved it is possible to verify misleading information online. Wales is paving the path for evidence-based journalism. 

    On and&, he is also the wingman of powerful activist Angela Washko. She’s an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in the spaces most hostile toward it. 

    And then there’s legal tech. You almost need a lawyer to surf the internet these days, clicking away general conditions. Luckily there are people like our speaker Peggy Valcke, who stands in the front line to advice governements on how AI-proof their legislation is. 

    The line-up is completed by media enthousiasts Chris Stokel-Walker and Dana Nastase, who will fill us in on all the challenges and advancements in the industry.

    In the 21th century, do we say goodbye to the truth as we know it?

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