TechForum Brussels

Digital Citizenship: Building Trust

Participants from

Albania; Belgium; Bulgaria; Georgia; Italy; Malta; Netherlands; Poland; Republic of North Macedonia


U.S. Embassy Brussels, local partner MolenGeek and Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs will host top civil society partners, including journalists, NGOs, and academics from across Europe for TechForum Brussels – Digital Citizenship: Building Trust. Participants will work with local and international experts to define and co-create solutions to key challenges posed in the modern media environment. Participants will learn new strategies to build persuasive narratives on a diverse range of media platforms.


TechForum Day 1

  • 08:00am - 09:00am - Registration and Networking
  • 09:00am - 09:15am - Opening/Welcome Remarks:
    MolenGeek and U.S. Embassy Brussels
  • 09:15am - 09:45am - Ice Breaker
  • 09:45am - 10:15am - Brainstorming Session. Brainstorm/discuss shared challenges and experiences in their topic of choice (pick one topic):
    • Education/Media Literacy
    • Debunking/Stopping the Spread of Fake News
    • Identifying Reliable Sources
    • Creating Policy
  • 10:15am - 10:30am - Each group presents top challenge
  • 10:30am - 10:45am - Coffee and Tea Break
  • 10:45am - 10:55am - Explanation of Speed-geeking
  • 10:55am - 12:00pm - Speed-geeking, Getting to the right strategy to solve these challenges

TechForum Brussels 2017 - Speed Geeking Sessions

Team NumberTopicSubject Matter Expert
1Strategies to Build Trust with AudiencesBeata Biel, Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters’ Foundation)
2Debunking Stories and Websites on Social MediaPeadar Grogan, Storyful
3Live reporting and verification in real time/collaboration and workflowDouglas Arellanes, SourceFabric
4Digital Storytelling: Video and Social MediaMarko Zoric, BBC
5Uncovering the Truth: Investigative Journalism and Fact CheckingLejla Camdzig, OCCRP and Olga Iurkova, StopFake
6Techniques in Fake NewsMaarten Schenk, Trendolizer/Lead Stories
7Metrics in Digital JournalismEsra Dogramaci, Deutsche Welle

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 1:10pm - Interactive Discussion Explained
  • 1:10pm - 2:30pm - Interactive Discussion 1 (choose one topic from table above): TechForum Attendees will join the most relevant discussion. This will be an opportunity to share their own experience while also gaining exposure to a showcase of interesting case studies.
  • 2:30pm - 2:45pm - Coffee and Tea Break
  • 2:45pm - 4:05pm - Interactive Discussion 2 (choose one topic from table above)
  • 4:05pm - 4:15pm - What is a Challenge Statement?
  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm - Group Brainstorming & Challenge Development : TechForum Attendees will select one topic and each group will define an actionable challenge that they will further develop as a team.
  • 5:15pm - 5:30pm - Day 1 Wrap Up
  • 7:30pm  - Networking Dinner

TechForum Day 2

  • 8:30am - 09:00am - Registration and Networking
  • 09:00am - 09:15am - Day 2 Announcements
  • 09:15am - 09:45am - Present challenge statements
  • 09:45am - 12:00pm - Work on Solutions: Teams work together to map out a potential solution to their actionable challenge; suggesting possible tools that could be used and defining a strategy for implementation.
  • 10:45am - 11:00am -  Optional Coffee and Tea Break
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 2:45pm - Work on presentations
  • 2:45pm - 3:00pm - Coffee and Tea Break
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Final Presentations
  • 4:00pm - 4:15pm - Survey
  • 4:15pm - 4:30pm - Closing Remarks
  • 4:30pm - 4:40pm - Group Photo!
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