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Ukrainian hackathon to battle disinformation


Social Increase, a Ukrainian tech firm, and its 1991 Accelerator are launching the 1991 Hackathon: Media, a free occasion centered on figuring out digital options to counter disinformation, analyze information for media, and develop cyber hygiene. The occasion will happen Jan. 20-22 on the Google Campus in Warsaw, Poland and on-line. 

The successful initiatives of the 1991 Hackathon: Media will obtain skilled mentorship assist for one month after the occasion with the assist of worldwide donors, tech firms, and governments.

This assist contains entry to the 1991 community of startups, buyers, and specialists, particular person conferences and consultations, and tech assist. Furthermore, the very best groups may have the chance to work with main specialists within the area and obtain perks from tech companions.

Essentially the most damaging types of disinformation that the hackathon goals to focus on are false or fabricated information tales that deceive the general public and form opinion, false or manipulated photographs and movies, and deepfake movies created by AI. 

“These varieties are probably the most related for our nation in the intervening time as we’re coping with probably the most highly effective propaganda machine since WWII. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine violated the state and the nation’s informational borders, drilling by the nationwide and international media panorama with aggressive propaganda weapons,” Denys Gursky, co-founder at SocialBoost,  advised SD Occasions. SocialBoost creates the synergy between the startup neighborhood, enterprise and the general public sector to implement modern options and make high quality breakthroughs within the financial system. “Our occasion is a good worldwide alternative open to CSOs, tech corporations, startups, governments, and media professionals.”

Hackathon individuals are invited to resolve challenges within the following areas:

  • Algorithms and Automation Instruments
  • Actual-Time Information and Knowledge Monitoring
  • Person Schooling
  • Strategic Communications
  • Open Knowledge and Transparency
  • Massive Tech and Accountable Promoting

After the primary checkpoints and semifinals, the very best ten groups will go to the finals, the place the initiatives might be judged based mostly on relevance, presentation high quality, implementation of the concept, and enterprise mannequin sustainability. 

The ultimate three winners will obtain mentorship from the 1991 Accelerator, which can final for one month. The winners can depend on the assist with the concept implementation from the federal government and personal sector and dealing on these initiatives with main specialists within the fields, based on Gursky.

“Ukraine has successfully grow to be the disinformation battlefield. There’s a number of assist Ukraine is getting from the remainder of the world, and now there’s so much that Ukraine can inform the world concerning the experiences it had lately which might be helpful to know for EU nations too,” Gursky defined. “Additionally, many Ukrainians now reside within the European Union and particularly Poland. For the hackathon, we invite tech-savvy Ukrainians and residents of European nations to return collectively and be part of the hackathon to share their experiences, contribute to resolving international info safety challenges and cooperate with main authorities, market, and civil society specialists and professionals.”

As well as, the launch of the European Ukrainian Digital Community, which goals to unite tech professionals and Ukrainians residing within the European Union, might be introduced on the hackathon. 

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