EIJC & Dataharvest is an annual, four-day conference, organised by Journalismfund.eu, which brings together journalism heavyweights, data specialists and coding whiz-kids to exchange skills and story ideas. EIJC18 & Dataharvest will take place on Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday morning 27 May 2018. Like last year, place to be is the charming city of Mechelen, 20 minutes outside of Brussels and very easily accessible! Address is Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen at Thomas More University College - Campus De Vest. 

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Journalismfund.eu vzw is an independent non-profit organisation under Belgian law that aims to promote quality in-depth and cross-border journalism by giving working grants to journalists, by providing networking opportunities and by organising training sessions.
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Saturday, May 26 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Datafied Humans: Scoring people and how to investigate it

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Scoring people for creditworthiness has been done for decades in many countries. It has tremendous consequences for our lives: Do we get a mortgage, a mobile phone contract, a lease for an apartment? These and other decisions rest on credit scoring. But that's only part of the reason why it has always been controversial. Many systems have shown flaws, i.e. using wrong data, mixing up people with similar names, and in general working in a very opaque way. In this session, we'll present three investigations aimed at shedding more light on these systems: 'OpenSCHUFA' from Germany, investigating the dominant credit scoring company SCHUFA in Germany using a crowdsourcing approach, 'You are blacklisted' and 'The computers of the robo-judge e-Court', two investigations into the automated industry of private debt trade in the Netherlands, and 'The algorithm in your bank account', a coordinated six-country investigation of the impact of World-Check, a privately-run database listing allegedly "high risk" people and organisations. Please note: Because of the complexity of the projects, it is very likely that we will only be able to present them in this session. Discussion will happen in the following round-table slot.

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Karlijn Kuijpers

investigative journalist, Platform Investico
I am a freelance investigative journalist, working for several Dutch media. I'm interested in finance, economics, privacy and tech and environmental issues.
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Lorenz Matzat

Co-Founder, AlgorithmWatch
Lorenz Matzat is a journalist and software entrepeneur in Berlin with a focus on local journalism, maps, algorithmic accountability and interactive applications.
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Thomas Muntz

Thomas Muntz is editor-in-chief of Investico, an independent platform for investigative reporting in the Netherlands. Investico is a non-profit that focuses on investigative journalism in collaboration with Dutch and international media. As a investigative journalist Thomas has reported... Read More →
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Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →
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Tom Wills

Data Journalist, Freelance
Tom's specialism is doing investigative journalism using computers.He was formerly Data Journalism Editor at The Times of London, where he led a team of four programmer-journalists using computational techniques for investigative research.Tom wrote his first computer program in QBasic... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST