International Press Institute (IPI) Turkey National Committee, in partnership with Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, is organizing a panel on September 21, 2022, at 5:00 PM (CET) | 6:00 PM (TSİ) focusing on disinformation.

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Journalism is undergoing major changes. Digitalization of the profession is unleashing innovative journalism practices on the one hand, enabling new forms of communication and expanding the global reach. On the other hand, disinformation, commonly referred to as “fake news,” is on the rise. Many information systems have become more polarized and public trust in traditional journalism has plummeted. As governments, civil society and journalists adopt a variety of strategies to address these issues, there is a growing debate about how to combat disinformation while maintaining an open and democratic system. This webinar will focus on truth-seeking in the increasingly digitalising media environment, legal means to combat mis- and dis-information, and the role and future of fact-checking.

Please note that the event will be in English. Simultaneous translation into Turkish will be available.


Gülsin Harman (moderator) is an Istanbul-based journalist who frequently contributes to the New York Times and the BBC Monitoring. In 2020, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (BKC) at Harvard University selected her to be a participant in the Assembly: Disinformation program while she was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. The Assembly brought members of the cohort of technologists and public policy leads to develop interventions in the areas of disinformation. Harman’s team built “Disinfodex,” a database to aggregate publicly disclosed disinformation campaigns by major platform companies. She is currently taking part in the inaugural solutions challenge LEAP, ICFJ’s news innovation lab focused on products to build trust in news.

Alexis Wichowski is a public servant, teacher, and writer. She serves as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation for the City of New York and adjunct associate professor in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs since 2011, teaching in the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization. Wichowski regularly conducts research and writes about the impact of media, technology and government. Wichowski’s work has been recognized through the Presidential Management Fellowship, two Meritorious Honor Awards, and a Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Gülin Çavuş is the Co-founder & Head of Strategy at Teyit, a Turkish fact-checking organization. She is responsible for strategic planning, Teyit’s social impact projects and aligning the team and projects with the organization’s targets. She studied Global Politics and International Relations at METU and Binghamton University, SUNY and completed her Master’s degree in Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments. Çavuş attended journalism training by Uğur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation and worked as a journalist at several news websites. She was awarded the International Fact-Checking Network Fellowship in 2017 and worked on misinformation about refugees. She has been conducting verification / OSINT training for journalists and journalism students.