The ViSmedia Conference: Visual Transparency in the Media


The future of visual transparency challenges our perceptions of the world.


26. March.

Time: 09:00 - 16:00


Organizers: ViSmedia, UiB, and NCE Media

The ViSmedia conference: Visual transparency in the Media 2019

What is the future of visuals in the media? How can we learn to distinguish fakes from facts, and how can we build our own digital self-defence? These are some of the issues that will be discussed at this year's ViSmedia conference in Bergen, March 26 2019.

New technologies such as smart phones, AI and satellite cameras provide new opportunities for visual storytelling. Extended watching and surveillance is becoming an integrated part of our daily lives. And yet many people feel threatened by manipulated images and deep fake videos. And journalism accountability is challenged at its roots.

At the conference, the expert presenters will approach transparency and truth in the media from a multitude of angles. Investigative reporter Nora Bauer from Germany will document how worldwide investments in LED street lamps is used for surveillance purposes; Deborah Johnson from Virginia discusses dilemmas of humanoid robot-sex and its ethical implications for journalism; Lars Nyre presents a provocative theory of technological determinism, and Paul C. Adams from Austin, Texas will investigate the pathways of third party cookies in European digital media.

Moreover, Black Mirror researcher Øyvind Vågnes will discuss the emerging cultures of surveillance as they unfold in the popular fiction series on Netflix. Turo Uskali from Finland predicts a future of ubiquitous satellite journalism, whereas Duc Tien Dang Nguyen from UiB will explain new research ways for publishers and journalists to deal with image verification. Nicholas Diakopoulos from Northwestern University digs deeper into the black box and presents new approaches to AI ethics.

“By illuminating the polarities of visual transparency, we aim to inspire the audience to further dig into these issues, and to stimulate reflection and foresight thinking,” says professor Astrid Gynnild, principal investigator of the ViSmedia project at the UiB.

The conference ends with a hot topic interactive panel discussion.

The event is free and open to everyone, including journalists, researchers, tech developers, students, and media teachers. The event is organized by NCEMedia and the ViSmedia project at the University of Bergen, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The event is carried out in accordance with the framework for responsible research and innovation, RRI.

The future of visual transparency challenges our perceptions of the world. Come explore new outlooks on robots, satellites, street sensors and immersive gadgets piloting the media. Learn about the prospects of image verification and invisible forms of surveillance. What are the possibilities? How can we cope? Presentations and interactive panel discussion.

Date: Tuesday March 26.
Venue: University Aula in Bergen

Free entrance, limited number of seats.
Register here:

Please remember to bring the QR registration code (mail or print) which will be scanned at the entrance. Beware that no-show without prior notice to [email protected] will be invoiced 300 NOK.

We look forward to see you!


Universitetsaulaen i Bergen
5007 Bergen



ViSmedia, UiB, NCE Media