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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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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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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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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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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