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Wikitribune co-founder to address SoE conference

19 September 2017


The co-founder of a new online platform set up to tackle fake news will address the Society of Editors conference in November.

Orit Kopel, the co-founder and VP of Business Development at Wikitribune, will discuss the new site at the ‘Fighting for Real News’ conference on Monday 13 November.

Wikitribune is due to be launched in October and has been set up alongside Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, as a means of tackling fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors. Wikitribune plans to pay for the reporters by raising money from a crowdfunding campaign. The site will cover global news. 

Kopel will address delegates on the subject of “Wikitribune: the news is broken but we know how to fix it” at the prestigious University of Cambridge’s Clare College in November.

With a background as a qualified Human Rights Lawyer, Kopel is CEO of the Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression, advocating for bloggers and social media users who are persecuted for speaking out online. She previously acted as Jimmy Wales’ Special Adviser for Google’s Expert Advisory Council on the ‘Right To Be Forgotten’, defending Internet freedom.

High profile speakers already confirmed include the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner and national lead on counter terrorism policing Mark Rowley, Google’s Managing Director in the UK and Ireland, Ronan Harris, Chris Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Head of Content at the Telegraph Media Group, Simon Jenkins, former editor of the London Evening Standard and The Times, Aine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships at Facebook and Peter Barron, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Google.

The conference is sponsored by Camelot, which has sponsored the Society of Editors since 2001, United Utilities, Google, BBC News, JTI,  Foot Anstey, PCS, NLA Media Access, Waitrose, Cambridge News, Press Assocation, Visit Cambridge and Beyond and HoldTheFrontPage. 

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