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vera.ai: VERification Assisted by Artificial Intelligence

Objective

Online disinformation and fake media content have emerged as a serious threat to democracy, economy and society. Recent advances in AI have enabled the creation of highly realistic synthetic content and its artificial amplification through AI-powered bot networks. Consequently, it is extremely challenging for researchers and media professionals to assess the veracity/credibility of online content and to uncover the highly complex disinformation campaigns.

vera.ai seeks to build professional trustworthy AI solutions against advanced disinformation techniques, co-created with and for media professionals & researchers and to also set the foundation for future research in the area of AI against disinformation.

Key novel characteristics of the AI models will be fairness, transparency (incl. explainability), robustness against concept drifts, continuous adaptation to disinformation evolution through a fact-checker-in-the-loop approach, and ability to handle multimodal and multilingual content. Recognising the perils of AI generated content, we will develop tools for deepfake detection in all formats (audio, video, image, text).

vera.ai adopts a multidisciplinary co-creation approach to AI technology design, coupled with open source algorithms. A unique key proposition is grounding of the AI models on continuously collected fact-checking data gathered from the tens of thousands of instances of “real life” content being verified in the InVID-WeVerify plugin and the Truly Media/EDMO platform. Social media and web content will be analysed and contextualised to expose disinformation campaigns and measure their impact.

Results will be validated by professional journalists and fact checkers from project partners (DW, AFP, EUDL, EBU), external participants (through our affiliation with EDMO and seven EDMO Hubs), the community of more than 53,000 users of the InVID-WeVerify verification plugin, and by media literacy, human rights and emergency response organisations.

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Net EU contribution
€ 778 750,00
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece

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Region
Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 778 750,00

Participants (11)

Universita' degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 396 812,50
Address
Via Aurelio Saffi 2
61029 Urbino

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Region
Centro (IT) Marche Pesaro e Urbino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 396 812,50
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 539 500,00
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 539 500,00
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 470 000,00
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 470 000,00
KEMPELENOV INSTITUT INTELIGENTNYCHTECHNOLOGII
Slovakia
Net EU contribution
€ 443 500,00
Address
Mlynske Nivy Ii.18890/5
821 09 Bratislava

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Region
Slovensko Bratislavský kraj Bratislavský kraj
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 443 500,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 439 187,50
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli

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Region
Sud Campania Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 439 187,50
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE PARIS-SACLAY
France
Net EU contribution
€ 301 250,00
Address
4 Avenue Des Sciences
91190 Gif-sur-yvette

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Essonne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 301 250,00
ATHENS TECHNOLOGY CENTER ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI EMPORIKI KAI TECHNIKI ETAIREIA EFARMOGON YPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 550 000,00
Address
Rizareiou 10
15233 Athina

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Βόρειος Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 550 000,00
SIRMA AI EAD
Bulgaria
Net EU contribution
€ 421 250,00
Address
135 Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd
1784 Sofia

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Region
Югозападна и Южна централна България Югозападен София (столица)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 421 250,00
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 520 000,00
Address
Place De La Bourse 11 13 15
75002 Paris 02

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 520 000,00
DEUTSCHE WELLE
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 504 125,00
Address
Kurt Schumacher Strasse 3
53113 Bonn

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 504 125,00
EU DISINFOLAB
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 327 500,00
Address
Chaussee De Charleroi 79
1060 Brussels

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 327 500,00

Partners (2)

UNION EUROPEENNE DE RADIO TELEVISION-EBU
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
L'ancienne Route 17a
1218 Grand Saconnex (Geneve)

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Genève
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data