My lone voice at the Misinformation Workshop

Last monday, the 15th of May 2017, I was fortunate enough to attend a Workshop on Digital Misinformation organised as part of the The 11th International Conference on Web and Social Media. The workshop was a huge success, and incredibly valuable to myself, and as far as I can tell, everyone who attended. I’m still […]

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What happens if automated fact checking succeeds?

Virtually everyone who is working on the Fake News / misinformation problem takes the same fundamental approach. They all want to identify Fake News, from True News. They want to be able to definitively say “This here is untrue!” or “This article/paragraph/sentence, is backed up by the available evidence.” The most ambitious efforts are trying […]

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Academic Research and rbutr – Announcing a collaboration with the Delft University of Technology

I’m very happy and excited to announce that Assistant Professor Nava Tintarev has recently been awarded a €50,000 grant to work with and investigate the potential applications of rbutr in a classroom setting. Dr Tintarev was awarded the grant by the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning for her project: SuSPECT: Scaffolding Student PErspectives for Critical Thinking which aims […]

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The Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund

Here is my application to the Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund. Project title: Critical thinking for everyone! A systematic global approach to fixing fake news and misinformation. Your project summarised in one sentence: We promote critical thinking and skepticism globally by building a centralised open system which makes it easy for people and organisations […]

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Applying for the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund

We’ve never had any real funding for the rbutr project. We kept this whole thing limping along under our own efforts and through our own financial support. That has caused problems for us, and resulted in multi-year breaks of productivity while Craig and I attempted to make ends meet and take care of our own […]

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Improving Critical Thinking Through Exposure to Critical Analysis – A research project

Shortly before our 5th birthday last week I was updating our About Us page to bring it in line with our new approaches and changes that have happened over the last few years (yes, it has been that long since I last updated it). In working my way through the new About Us page I […]

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Google penalises NaturalNews.com, effectively removing it from search results

natural News delisted by google

This is exciting news. It looks like Google has just applied some sort of penalty to NaturalNews.com, effectively removing them from the Google Search results. With the increased pressure on companies like Google and Facebook to fight Fake News and misinformation, there is some reason to suspect that this penalty is directly related to Natural News’ […]

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Updates to the Support rbutr page

The support rbutr page has just been updated to reflect the changes we have undergone recently. It now has a much stronger focus on volunteer efforts, and mentions the intention to run a crowdfunding campaign in the near future. If you’d like to help organise the crowdfunding campaign with us, please get in touch. Crowdfunding […]

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Reddit reply bot, Facebook integration, Grants, and Other updates

reddit log for reddit reply bot rbutrbot

Reddit Reply Bot Thanks to some work by Thomas, we have recently reactivated the Reddit reply bot. We have identified a few potential improvements to it and hope to implement them over the coming weeks or months. You can see them in our Trello board. Remember, everyone is free to participate, so if you want to work […]

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Hardcore porn, getting hotter, and making drugs – The best of rbutr #15

Global temperature averages without short term variations

“rbutr is your bridge between echo chambers.” Since you last saw us… Eight people have added 64 rebuttals since the last Best of rbutr email was sent out. Since then there has been a lot of discussion on the topic of Climate change, continuing debate around fake news and failures of the media, and of […]

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