Dr. Ike Picone is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and heads the unit on Journalism, Trust and Participation within the Media and Society research programme of imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology). He teaches on journalism and democracy, journalism practice and journalism trends and technologies. The thread within his research is the study of news use practices within the broad field of journalism studies. He is particularly interested in disruptions on the crossroad of journalism, technological innovations and democracy. He is the Chairholder of the Roularta Research Chair in Personalisation, Trust and Sustainable Media and leads the research on media participation in the Flemish Knowledge Centre on Cultural and Media Participation. He is part of the international team working on the yearly Digital News Report of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. His expertise has been acknowledged amongst others through his membership of the Flemish Council for Journalism and the temporary expert group on Fake News of former Belgian Minister of Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo (2019).