Guided by the need to create a national network of institutions that will study and contribute to the fight misinformation on the "greek" web, and having as a model similar initiatives abroad, the Hellenic Observatory against Misinformation was founded by four organizations with extensive experience in media and technology.
In fact, Ellpap, the Hellenic Observatory against Misinformation, is an initiative led by Media Verification team (MeVer) of the Centre for Research and Technology (CERTH), the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ellinika Hoaxes and Athens Technology Center’s Innovation Lab.
Ellpap will have as main goals to:
- provide reliable information to the Greek public about disinformation and unreliable online content,
- offer specialized knowledge and support to communication professionals and journalists on the available technological tools and methods for detecting / verifying false news and misleading content,
- promote Greek interdisciplinary research in the field of disinformation, and furthermore provide data and resources on the latest developments in relevant scientific fields of interest (analysis of social networks, artificial intelligence, etc.),
- promote media and information literacy in Greece, in order to strengthen critical thinking and the ability of Greek pupils, students, and other social groups to analyze and assess online news content.