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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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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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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Can we stop calling everything we disagree with “Fake news” already?

OK, we get it, Fake News has taken off as a buzzword and everyone is talking about the Fake News problem. But seriously, can we stop with the childish pretending that all news outlets are “fake news”? It isn’t funny. And it definitely isn’t helpful. The term “Fake News” has a very real meaning and […]

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