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Tom Van de Weghe

Tom Van de Weghe ('19)

foreign correspondent and investigative journalist, VRT News, Brussels

Exploring the use of deep learning (artificial intelligence) and blockchain technology to detect deepfake video and authenticate audiovisual content.

Tom Van de Weghe is an award-winning investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker for the Belgian public broadcaster VRT, where he analyzes geopolitics. Prior to being based in Brussels, he was the bureau chief of VRT News America in Washington, D.C. As its senior correspondent, he reported on two presidential elections and interviewed both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He has traveled extensively across the Pacific region and covered events from the 2008 Olympics to the Sichuan earthquake to civil unrest in Tibet, Myanmar and Thailand and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In 2007, he started the first China Bureau for Belgian television and in 2006 received numerous awards for an investigative documentary about Chinese gambling in European soccer. He earned master’s degrees in Slavic philology, communication studies and international politics.

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Posts by Tom

Six lessons from my deepfake research at Stanford

How should we journalists address the growing problem of synthetic media (11 minute read)

How to make your newsroom AI-ready

First steps in creating an AI roadmap for news organizations (8 minute read)

Hi Alexa, let’s chat about the news

How we’ve built NewsChat — speech interaction with news (8 minute read)

Read @tomvandeweghe on Medium.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.