Verify this week (27/2014)
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.
Paper accepted for MMM2015
CERTH is happy to announce that the joint MUTLISENSOR – SocialSensor – REVEAL paper on “A Unified Model for Socially Interconnected Multimedia-Enriched Objects” has been accepted for presentation at the 21st Multimedia Modelling Conference (MMM2015). The paper is about enabling effective multimedia information processing, analysis and verification of content which requires representation models that capture both the potential multimodality and heterogeneity of content and its social characteristics and interconnections. Furthermore, it proposes a flexible and expressive framework that describes interconnected multimedia content in a unified manner on the Web, generated by a variety of sources and hosted on diverse platforms. The framework is open-source, released under the Apache License v2, and available here.
Howard Rheingold’s “Crap Detection List”
This list, initiated and maintained by author and lecturer Howard Rheingold, is a “resource for assessing the accuracy or veracity of online information”. It is quite an interesting read, and you can find platforms that help you find out more about:
- Users’ identities (e.g. WhoIs, or Reverse address lookup) or
- Images (e.g. Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer and Izitru) or
- Web pages (e.g. The Wayback Machine and Copyscape)
For a complete list, check out the Google Doc.
Argentine fact-checking site Chequeado.com
Chequeado, Spanish for “checked”, is a fact-checking project from Argentina which attempts to use “social media and other online campaigns to generate the financing needed to distance themselves from large donors”. This funding model is quite uique. According to Chequeado’s executive director, Laura Zommer, as quoted in an article of the Knight Center “Chequeado has run a crowd-funding campaign much in the style of the ice bucket challenge. Under the hashtag #NoMandenFruta (literally “don’t send fruit” but also an idiom for “no bull”), social media users post videos of themselves eating a lemon and nominating friends. The idea, Zommer says, is to raise awareness about the importance of the public’s role in holding officials accountable.”
Source: Knight Center