Verify This Week (25/2014)
Every week, we provide interesting links from around the web that discuss issues regarding the verification processes of content from social media. Here is our list for this week.
FactcheckEU is a crowd-checking platform where users can upload statements and verify them in collaboration with the FactcheckEU team. You can browse through different statements from politicians and see whether it has been fact checked or not. In addition to that, you can contribute by translating the statements. For each statement, you can see when it was published, you’ll find a link to the original source and you can see the translations that are available so far. Great initiative and worth checking out.
The internet. peer reviewed.
Hypothesis looks like a promising project. It is an “open platform for the collaborative evaluation of knowledge” and the idea is that with the help of an annotation layer, you can create more meaning to the web where comments are not limited to just the end of an article. Hypothesis is funded by the Knight, Mellon, Shuttleworth and Sloan Foundations. Check out this video for more information:
Fact-checker for your phone
Amidst the abundance of information, Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development at the University of Oxford, “proposes fact-checking applications for our smartphones and computers that would warn us when we’re being told something that’s not true.” Just imagine a fact-checker app that would start to vibrate when a lie is being told. More information in this article.
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