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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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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How to stop Fake News in its tracks: Plugins and social media integration

In case you missed it, Fake News is the topic of the month. On the tail of the biggest political upset of the century, Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for allowing fake news websites to spread without resistance across social media, often gaining much more attention than real news stories. Always gaining a […]

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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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Not Even a Rebuttal – The problem with fake news

This last year has revealed a deep problem with modern media. With rbutr, I had hoped to fight back against misinformation, and help stop the spread of lies, and bring nuanced debate back to complex issues. What I never expected when creating rbutr, was to find myself in a world where completely fabricated headlines would become a […]

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rbutr is about more than rebuttals

I’ve always loved the name rbutr. It works on many levels, and is very brandable. But unfortunately it very strongly ties us to the word rebuttal – which is really just a part of what rbutr does. rbutr is about mapping contrary responses to the pages they respond to. Contrary responses may include corrections, debunkings, […]

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Why rbutr must share misinformation…

Yes, you read that heading right. We admit to sharing misinformation over rbutr. We admit that things which we know are not true, are being shared with people who may have never encountered the erroneous claims and arguments. We admit it, and we stand by the claim that it is absolutely necessary. Necessary for what? Necessary […]

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The Right to Know…

One of the basic premises which lies behind the rbutr project is the belief that if you are accessing information, then you have the right to know if someone has critiqued that information. If someone else has taken the time to respond, criticise or argue against the content you are accessing, then that response is potentially […]

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