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GAMI Briefing #2:

Blockchain for trust in the newsroom: practical applications

17 JUNE 2021 - 15:00 to 16:30 CET

FREE for Members, 90€ for non-Members 

GAMI Briefing #2: Blockchain for trust in the newsroom: practical applications 

17 June (15:00 to 16:30 CET)

Why should I, as a news publisher, care about blockchain ?  What are the opportunities for blockchain and media. More specifically, what are the opportunities to support trust from your audience in newsroom content ?

In our first case study, we will hear how blockchain technology has evolved in journalism over the recent years and the 2018 buzz.

Diving deeper, we will learn about how Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad recentely timestamped all their news content articles on a blockchain hence certifying their origin, truthfulness and optimizing search engine referencing. Sebastiaan van der Lans, founder of WordProof, will present the use-case. 

Finally, our third case, will take us to the USA where the Associated Press has been experimenting with this technology by calling the 2020 US election on the blockchain. How ? Why ? What were the advantages in a very controversial and tense period ? Where do the AP see other opportunities for blockchain ?

Our speakers:

  • Walid Al-Saqaf, Associate Professor, Södertörn University, Sweden   

Topic introduction and general overview:  opportunities of blockchain technology  for the news industry.

  • Úrsula O'Kuinghttons, Public Affairs & Communication at Parity Technologies / Polkadot, Spain
From the end of Civil Media Company to how Blockchain has evolved for journalism.

  • Sebastiaan van der Lans, Chairman Trusted Web Foundation, The Netherlands   
Timestamping content at Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad with WordProof.  

  • Dwayne Desaulniers, Director of Corporate News, Blockchain & Data Licensing at Associated Press, USA 

Calling the 2020  US election on the blockchain !

  • Q&A

More on the GAMI Briefings:

Our regular GAMI briefings will bring you the right balance between discussions on new trends from the most innovative media outlets from our community and a regular selection of useful practical cases and innovative solutions as take aways ! 

The concept:

  • online but interactive and fun !
  • short but regular
  • 1 briefing / 1 topic 
  • focused and solution-based
  • register to each GAMI Briefing on a case-by-case basis depending on your interests
  • FREE for WAN-IFRA members ! (90€ per session for non-members)

Provisional schedule for the next GAMI Briefings in the upcoming months (exact dates TBC)

GAMI Briefing #3: Tech and audience engagement (in September)

GAMI Briefing #4: Green and sustainable media (TBC)

Limited to 50 participants: Register NOW!

And for more information on our projects:

The future of media is currently being invented by hundreds of different companies, universities and entrepreneurs, however these separate efforts, research and prototypes are not the optimal way to proceed. There is a real need to learn to work together to solve common challenges.

Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo
WAN-IFRA President


Dwayne Desaulniers, 

Director of Corporate News, Blockchain & Data Licensing at Associated Press, USA

Walid Al-Saqaf, 

Associate Professor, Södertörn University, Sweden

Sebastiaan van der Lans, 

Chairman Trusted Web Foundation, The Netherlands

Úrsula O'Kuinghttons,

Public Affairs & Comms at Parity Technologies / Polkadot, Spain

We are happy to answer any questions


Stephen Fozard

Project Director, Global Alliance for Media Innovation, WAN-IFRA
Paris, France

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