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Saturday, March 17 • 09:00 - 10:00
Blockchain technology: Why journalists need to pay attention

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The aims at introducing blockchain technology, which emerged from the creation of bitcoin, to data journalists in a straight-forward manner and highlight why it is important for them to pay attention to what is going in that realm and reflect upon some of the recent attempts to use blockchain technology to improve journalism and even recreate it. Examples of such initiatives are:
- Decentralized News Network (https://dnn.media)
- Publicism (http://www.publicism.nl/)
- Civil (https://joincivil.com), PressCoin (https://presscoin.com)
- Snip (https://www.snip.today)

We have two remote speakers representing one of those initiatives, namely Samit Singh and Dondrey Taylor of DNN who will be interviewed  via Skype during the session.

The session aims at asking if/how blockchain technology as a distributed database system could indeed help enhance or even transforming journalism for example in enhancing detection of fake news, decentralising newsrooms, empowering journalists' ability to analyse data, optimise expenses for news making, etc.

The aim is to bring up the topic for debate to elicit ideas and generate new questions that could be translated into in-depth research and ideas for collaboration and partnerships going forward.

Find a presentation here with some useful background information about blockchain technology:

avatar for Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf

Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Technology, Södertörn University
Walid Al-Saqaf is a senior lecturer in journalism and media technology at Södertörn University in Stockholm where he specialises in data journalism, Internet and blockchain research.  Within the blockchain domain, he has written about its social impact and is the vice president... Read More →

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Samit Singh

Co-Founder & CEO, DNN
Samit is an experienced web and mobile designer/product developer, who co-founded a messaging app startup called MiniChat, Inc., along with his partner Dondrey. Together, they also created a video and photo app called Tack Video. He has 7+ years of startup experience, having worked... Read More →
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Dondrey Taylor

Co-Founder & CTO, DNN
Dondrey is a seasoned web and mobile full stack developer, who was the co-founder and CTO of MiniChat, Inc. He is also one of the creators of Tack Video, a collaborative video streaming mobile app. He holds a B.S. in Information Technology with a specialization in systems architecture... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 09:00 - 10:00 CET