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Guillaume Bouchard is the CEO and Co-Founder of Checkstep.

This month’s expert is Checkstep’s CEO and Co-Founder Guillaume Bouchard. After exiting his previous company, Bloomsbury AI to Facebook, he’s on a mission to better prepare online platforms against all types of online harm. He has a PhD in applied mathematics and machine learning from INRIA, France. 12 years of scientific research experience at Xerox Research and UCL, focusing on large-scale predictive models, text understanding and distributed AI techniques. And has authored more than 60 international publications and holds more than 50 U.S. patents. …


Early stage startup gets funding for R&D effort to develop advanced content moderation technology

We’re thrilled to announce that Checkstep recently closed a $1.8m seed funding round to further develop our advanced AI product offering contextual content moderation. The round was carefully selected to be diverse, international, and with a significant added value to our business. Influential personalities of the tech industry from the U.S. and U.K., but also from France, Bulgaria and Singapore are backing Checkstep, including many previous founders of online platforms, such as Joe White MBE, co-founder of Moonfruit.com …


Preslav Nakov has established himself as one of the leading experts on the use of AI against propaganda and disinformation. He has been very influential in the field of natural language processing and text mining, publishing hundreds of peer reviewed research papers. He spoke to us about his work dealing with the ongoing problem of online misinformation.

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Photo of Preslav Nakov
Preslav Nakov is a researcher at the Qatar Computing Research Institute and the Head Research Advisor at Checkstep

1. What do you think about the on-going infodemic? With your extensive work on fake news, do you think there will be a point where we can see a decrease in such content?

Indeed, the global COVID-19 pandemic has also brought us the…


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Photo of Kyle Dent
Kyle Dent is the Head of AI Ethics at Checkstep

This month we’ve added a new “Expert’s Corner” feature starting with an interview with our own Kyle Dent, who recently joined Checkstep. He answers questions about AI ethics and some of the challenges of content moderation.

1. With your extensive work around AI ethics, how would you address the topic of efficiency & AI? Particularly when we see articles about AI moderation being better than human moderators?

We need to be skeptical of claims that AI performs better than humans. …


The birth of the digital public sphere

Online forums and social marketplaces have become a large part of the internet in the past 20 years since the early bulletin boards on the internet and AOL chat rooms. Today, users moved primarily to social platforms, platforms that host user-generated content. These platforms comprise the new online public squares where ideas and information are exchanged and debated by anyone. Platforms which offer free services to their users decide on the rules of engagement, and as is the norm, these rules have changed and evolved throughout the past decade and a half. From little to no moderation, platforms have introduced…


Combating misleading information, hoaxes, half-truths and outright lies is a discouraging business and can feel like a losing battle. However, many

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Conference for Truth & Trust Online 2020

researchers and media experts continue to keep up the fight. This past October a group of technologists, academics, and platform owners got together for the second meeting of the Conference for Truth and Trust Online to discuss the current situation, ways to better understand how and why the phenomenon happens as well as technical innovations to remedy the problem.

The program committee was chaired by Emiliano De Cristofaro (University College London) and Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU)…


​ In 1993 The United Nations declared May 3 as World Press Freedom Day recognizing that a free press is critical to a healthy, functioning democracy. According to the UN, media freedom and individual access to information is key to empowering people with control over their own lives. It seems the global population mostly believes it as well. The Pew Research Center reports that majorities across Europe, North America, and Latin America increasingly rate freedom of the press as very important. On the other hand, the Pew Center has also been tracking the declining business of US newspapers showing significant…

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