Athens Technology Center (ATC)

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Organisation Profile

 

Founded in 1987, ATC is an Information Technology company offering solutions and services in specific business sectors, including media, banking, utilities and the public sector. Solutions include content management systems, enterprise software, services for the web, and mobile applications.

The development of products and services for the media market is one of the primary commercial activities of ATC. The company succeeded to win contracts and sell its services in several EU countries, Eastern Europe and the CIS countries, as well as the Balkans. NewsAsset, an end-to-end multimedia cross-channel solution for news agencies, broadcasters and publishers, is the leading edge solution of the company’s success story, offering commercial contracts both inside and outside Greece. Indicative major clients are the national news agencies of Greece, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Cyprus and Tunisia, along with many publishers in several EU countries.

The ATC Innovation Lab (http://ilab.atc.gr/) shows more than 25 years of expertise in research and innovation. Its objective is to turn promising ideas into concrete and robust products for the sectors of commercial interest to ATC. Through intense and continuous involvement in cutting-edge research and innovation projects, the ATC Innovation Lab develops the next generation of commercial targets, exploiting state-of-the-art technologies. Being a technology partner, iLab has developed skills in modern software engineering techniques, like agile prototyping, DevOps and Model Driven Engineering, while its team members have successfully applied tools and methodologies for continuous integration, such as Maven, Hudson, Sonar and Junit, in the integration of medium and large scale innovation projects.

Particularly in recent years, ATC have acknowledged that misinformation is a major issue (for the media industry and society as a whole). This led to focussing large part of the Lab’s work into providing tools which can alleviate this. Since 2011, in the framework of the EC-funded project SocialSensor, ATC identified the need to assess the trustworthiness of information found in Social Media and built the first service for these purposes, branded as Alethiometer. After this, within the EC-funded project REVEAL, misinformation was targeted exclusively. Out of this work evolved TruthNest (after a rebranding exercise), a social media analysis tool / suite. TruthNest was selected as one of the top 20 innovations to reach the Innovation Radar finals in the 2017 ICT Proposers Day in Budapest. It ultimately won the public award.

In continuation to this effort the team of ATC iLab worked with Deutsche Welle and extended TruthNest with a collaborative environment (TrulyMedia) for the same purposes, receiving funding from the Google Digital News Initiative for development. The collaborative verification platform TrulyMedia is now used by newsrooms and human rights organisations for fact-checking purposes, also being highly appraised by the likes of dpa (the German Press Agency) and BR (Bayrischer Rundfunk) who used TrulyMedia for collaborative fact-checking and verification during the German elections.

In November 2017, Truly Media was the only case study presented in the European Parliament Panel for Scientific and Technological Option Assessment. During that presentation, it was also announced that Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps would start using Truly Media from January 2018 onwards in its everyday operations to verify information related to human rights violations.

Also worth mentioning: ATC is a partner in the NESSI ETP (www.nessi-europe.com) and a founding member in the Big Data Value Association (www.bdva.eu).

 

Role in the Project:

 

ATC will act as the Exploitation Manager and lead the respective work package (WP 8) of the project, including the respective task for Innovation and Exploitation planning (T8.4). This includes focusing considerably on sustainability and exploitation of the WeVerify results, ensuring that IPR related strategies are in place, the market is continuously monitored, and business planning and modelling takes place.

Furthermore, ATC will be instrumental in delivering the professional platform for verification services by improving TrulyMedia, which is already one of the leading solutions in the area, connecting it with tools that will be developed in WeVerify. While many of those WeVerify tools and services will also be offered as open source, TrulyMedia will be the premium professional environment, which will eventually become the commercial offering and main exploitable outcome of WeVerify.

Alongside what has been outlined above, ATC will guide all the tool development work and use cases with their strong business experience of over twenty years in the media sector. Especially its experience in marketing commercial services (such as NewsAsset) as well as bringing results of EC funded R&D projects into the market (such as TruthNest and TrulyMedia) will be of great value to WeVerify.

 

WeVerify.eu Privacy Policy

1. Purpose

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to describe what we collect, use and sometimes share information about you through our online interfaces (e.g., websites and email) owned and controlled by us, including WeVerify and all subdomains (collectively referred to herein as the “Site”).

At WeVerify, we believe that you should have control of your data. Control starts with information. This is why you should know what data we collect from you and how we use it.

This notice and the accompanying policy is to enable you to make the best decisions about the information that you choose to share with us.2

2. Privacy Policy

By accessing and using any of WeVerify site, demonstrators or publicly available services, you expressly and knowingly consent to the information collection and use practices as described in this Privacy Policy.

3. Our Privacy Commitment

Our commitment to your privacy, is based on the following principles which we apply to our use of both your personally identifiable data (“Your Personal Data” or generally “Personal Data”) and to certain anonymous information we collect when you visit our Sites (“Technical Information”, and together with Personal Data, “Your Data”):

  • We will describe Your Data we will collect;
  • We will inform you clearly about our collection and use of Your Data;
  • We will either seek your express informed consent or rely on other legally permissible bases for the use of Your Data – either way, we will inform you of the basis for our use of Your Data;
  • We will give you control over the privacy preferences that apply to Your Data, including the rights to (a) change your mind about our use, (b) have access to change or correct inaccurate aspects of Your Data, and (c) require that we delete all or parts of Your Data (d) request Your Data in a portable format;
  • We will not sell or rent Your Personal Data to others;
  • We endeavor to maximize the protection of Your Data, and provide you with prompt notice in the unlikely event that a data loss incident or breach occurs; and
  • We will endeavor to be completely transparent and open about our data privacy policies and practices.

4. What Information does this Privacy Policy cover?

This Privacy Policy covers information we collect from you through all of our channels, including website, email and others. Some of our website’s functionality can be used without revealing any of Your Data. In order to access certain products, demonstrators or services, you may need to submit, or we may collect information that can be used to identify you.

Your Personal Data can include information such as your name and email address, among other things. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information you submit to us. Inaccurate information may affect your ability to use the site, download products, any follow-up information you request, and our ability to contact you. For example, your email address should be kept current because that is one of the primary manners in which we communicate with you.

5. How do we collect information?

We collect Your Data in the following ways:

  • You give it to us when you download software or documentation; register for an event such as a webinar; sign up for a newsletter; fill a form on the website or via any other sales or marketing channel;
  • You give it to us by email or phone inquiries or
  • We automatically collect Technical Information when you visit our Sites.

6. What information do we collect?  

When filling any form on the website, we collect Personal Data such as name; phone; email; company name, website and address; job title and category; social media data and nature of the interest.

In addition, we enrich the Personal Data above with Technical Information, related to:

  1. Conversion point (when, where, what campaign, source);
  2. Activity (dates of contact, email opens, link clicks, website visits, etc.);
  3. Opt-in Date to trace your consent;
  4. CRM identifiers;

When processing payments we additionally collect VAT ID, company identification and other information for invoicing and tax purposes.

7. How do we use Your Data collected at our sites?

We will use Your Data to:

  • Provide information, product or a service requested or consented to by you.
  • Comply with relevant contractual obligations with you and other third parties.
  • Improve Site performance and content, including troubleshooting and diagnostics.
  • Improve our engagement and interaction with you.
  • Facilitate your attendance at and participation in our events, communities or blogs.
  • Process a request or payment submitted to us.
  • Comply with legal requests.

8. What are your rights to control Your Data?

You have the right to request that we:

  • provide access to any of Your Personal Data we hold about you;
  • prevent the processing of Your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes;
  • update any of Your Personal Data which is out of date or incorrect;
  • delete Your Personal Data which we are holding about you;
  • restrict the way that we process Your Personal Data;
  • provide Your Personal Data to a third party provider of services; or
  • provide you with a copy of Your Personal Data which we hold about you.

We try to answer every email promptly where possible and provide our response within the time period stated by applicable law. Keep in mind, however, that there will be residual information that will remain within our databases, access logs and other records, which may or may not contain Your Personal Data. Please also note that certain parts of Your Personal Data may be exempt from such requests in certain circumstances, which may include if we need to keep processing Your Personal Data to comply with a legal obligation.

When you email us with a request, we may ask that you provide us with information necessary to confirm your identity.

8. What data do we retain?

We will only retain Your Data stored on our servers in accordance with the legitimate needs of our business and as required or permitted by applicable law. We will not retain any unused Personal Data on our systems longer than necessary for legitimate business purposes.