Idea Submission to the Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation has a webpage for submitting ideas to them. The form only allows 50 words for the first question, and 250 for the second. Not a lot of space to make a first impression. Worse, they state that less than 1% of unsolicited idea submissions receive funding. Not surprising of course. So I am not […]

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Shuttleworth Foundation Application

Applications for the Shuttleworth foundation fellowship were due on the day before the Misinformation Workshop in Montreal, so I had to submit this before I flew to Canada, resulting in an unfortunately rushed video effort which needed to be included in my application. I only had a few days to put this application together between […]

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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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