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Wednesday, October 28 • 10:00 - 11:00
Discussion panel: Using our archives to combat disinformation

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Those who control the past, control the future; and those who control the present, control the past.” It may be more than seventy years since George Orwell published 1984, but his dictum has never seemed more relevant. Our archives can play a central role in helping audiences today combat a tide of misinformation and deliberate fakery.

We propose an introductory talk focussing on examples of best practice in the industry and look at some of the plans the BBC is making specifically. We would be keen to partner with RTÉ to host a panel discussion that would resonate with many of those attending the conference. What are the practical, scalable steps we can take with our archives to help audiences fact-check and navigate the truth? Does increasing access to the reporting of the past help provide a ground truth that wider society can use as a constant reference point?

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Maria Drabczyk

Project Manager, National FIlm Archive - Audiovisual Institute
Project manager at the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA), in charge of international cooperation mostly focused on access and creative re-use of Institute's digital collection for research, educational or artistic purposes. She is board member of the EUscreen... Read More →
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Liam Wylie

Curator, RTÉ Archives
is the Curator Manager at RTÉ Archives. He is responsible for the website www.rte.ie/archives and the @RTEArchives social media channels. He has been the content producer for the projects RTÉ 1916 https://1916.rte.ie/ and http://www.rte.ie/worldwar1/
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Peter Rippon

Executive Editor, Archive, BBC
Peter Rippon is Executive Editor of Archive at the BBC. He is responsible for delivering the editorial and strategic vision for the BBC archive, one of the largest audio and video libraries in the world. He is a journalist and has been Editor of some of the most high profile BBC News... Read More →

Marianna Spring

Disinformation Reporter, BBC

Wednesday October 28, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 GMT
c. Session 2