Desinforum 2023

What new insights are there about disinformation? How does society deal with this (worrying) challenge? How can researchers, journalists and media literacy actors join forces in the fight against disinformation? Discover this during the Desinforum on Tuesday, June 20th.

This event consists of two parts. Part 1 is organized by Mediawijs in collaboration with EDMO BELUX. Part 2 of the event ‘Fighting Misinformation’ will take place in the same venue and aims to facilitate a discussion on tackling misinformation online. This event is organized by Google Belgium.

Practical information


Tuesday 20 June 2023


16:15 - 21:00


The event is free, but registration is required.


Google Digital Atelier - Be Central Brussel

Target audience

Part 1 will take place in an intimate set-up and is intended for educators, researchers, journalists and media literacy actors. Part 2 of the event is also open to publishers, policymakers and technology companies.


The location of the event is easily accessible by public transportation.


Part 1 Desinforum, organized by Mediawijs and EDMO BELUX




Intro (Mediawijs)

16:35 Launch Mediapunt - Minister of Media Benjamin Dalle (CD&V)


News avoidance in Flanders. Between media-savvy coping with information overload and disconnecting from the news - Ike Picone (VUB) 


Exposure to and belief in disinformation: a comparative study of Belgium and Luxembourg - Jonas Lefevere and Trisha Meyer (VUB)


Generation 2020 in the classroom - Martin Culot (Media Animation)


Networking session / break where you can socialize with other attendees while enjoying some snacks and drinks.

Part 2 

Fighting Misinformation Online, organized by Google Belgium

19:00 Welcome and keynotes

Roundtable discussion with Jan Jagers (managing direct, deCheckers), Richard Fletcher (Director of Research, Reuters) and Isabelle Sonnenfeld (Head of EMEA News Lab, Google)


Networking walking dinner


News avoidance in Flanders. Between media-savvy coping with information overload and disconnecting from the news.

We present the key findings from a comparative survey amongst Belgian and Luxembourgish citizens, seeking to understand people's exposure to, and belief in, disinformation. The survey inquired about people's belief in a wide variety of disinformation, allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the drivers of people's belief in disinformation. Finally, we discuss who people think is to blame for the spread of disinformation, and how these perceptions vary across different groups in society.

« Generation 2020 – Young and News" is a in school survey that was conducted in the class of pupils aged 12 to 20 to answer the question: « how do young people get information? » Part of the survey focuses on issues of misinformation and critical thinking; this presentation will focus on these issues ».

Fighting Misinformation Online

This event will be hosted in English.