rbutr is a community driven app which creates links between webpages where the content of one page is a rebuttal against another. The content may be directly arguing against the original content, or generally presenting contradictory evidence. App users are alerted when they browse a rebutted page, providing them a link through to the rebuttal(s).
rbutr aims to facilitate inter-website debate, guide users to rebuttals of dubious information, and indirectly influence our users so that they approach all online information with an increased level of skepticism and critical appraisal.
- Operations began in February 2012
- Public Beta launched on the 6th of March 2012
- May saw a 300% growth in overall membership
- Seed funding and support is being provided by the Start-Up Chile incubator program
- Our current focus is on developing our community engagement
- We aim to have key contrarians blogs and columnists monitored so that their rebuttal content is added to rbutr within hours of being published
Graduated from the University of NSW, Sydney Australia in 2005 with a double degree:
B. Arts – Philosophy
– History and Philosophy of Science
B. Science – Molecular Biology (Hons)
Subsequently went on to develop an Internet and Affiliate Marketing business which has operated profitably for over six years.
With over 22 years of experience operating his own software engineering freelance business, Craig has an expertise in software analysis, design, project management and application development.
Founder of the Skeptic Society, editor of Skeptic Magazine, columnist at Scientific American, and science writer with over 15 published books behind him. Michael Shermer joined rbutr as an advisor and supporter early August 2012.
You can reach Shane at where he can provide Skype details or a contact phone number for Chile, or Craig in Australia.
Also possible to reach us at twitter: @rbutrcom or @aegist
And also through our facebook page: rbutr
“rbutr’s ultimate goal is to provide an easy way out of the confirmation bias bubble we all subconsciously construct around ourselves, where we are only ever presented claims and beliefs with which we already agree.”
Coverage Of rbutr To Date
- A New Web Browser Plugin Makes It Easy to Follow Debates by Linking Arguments to Counter Arguments Online
25 July 2012 – William Bull, Skeptic
- How to Make Money in Tech
27 June 2012 – Erik Sherman, Inc.
- Spotlight on: rbutr: Facilitating Online Discussion
26 June 2012 – European Journalism Centre
- Rbutr finds contrary opinions for stories you’re reading (IJNet, Mashable, Richard Dawkins Foundation)
14 June 2012 – Tracie Powell, Poynter
- rbutr Tries to Burst Your Digital Bubble
13 June 2012 – Scott Finn, WUSF News
- rbutr: A Simple Way To Follow Online Debates
5 June 2012 – MakeUseOf.com
- [REVIEW] Can a Browser App Pop the Internet Filter Bubble?
1 June 2012 – Dave Copeland, Read Write Web
- rbutr Helps You Follow Online Debates
30 May 2012 – Adam Pash, Lifehacker
- Opening Up Scientific Discourse Online
29 May 2012 – Marie, The Strange Quark
- Avoid Being Misinformed with rbutr
29 May 2012 – Pallab De, Techie Buzz
- 10 Startups That Could Change The Face of News Forever
20 April 2012 – Martin Carsten, Memeburn
- Tool to sift truth from web of lies vies for media innovation award
17 April 2012 – Andrew Colley, The Australian
- RBUTR is the newest tool in the skeptic arsenal
2 April 2012 – Tim Farley, SkepTools