Related Projects

Check

The Check project provides actors working with digital media to coordinate the process of verifying content distributed in social media applications. The coordination is based on a structured procedure by breaking down the action into its individual steps. Each particular step is linked to a set of specific key questions that are answered by the responsible team member who has the respective competence. This breakdown of the task leads to efficient processing of the work packages and produces results in a consistently high quality in which different perspectives are considered. Due to the precise structure, it is possible to practice the main points of the respective competence in a simplified manner in the form of targeted training units.

Time frame of content verification

At the beginning of October 2017, we established a dialog with Meedan, with whom we will seek cooperation during the course of the project. The vendor stated that in real experiments but also in existing newsrooms using the tool in production, a response of only a few minutes is achieved. This statement is only valid if each of the relevant competencies actively participates at the time of processing.

Comparison to our project

A superficial similarity between Project Check and our project can be seen. The similarity ends as soon as the target group is considered. Project Check targets stakeholders of newsrooms.

Coral / Talk

The Coral / Talk project's primary message is that online comments are not working as they should - "Online comments are broken". In summary, the project is rethinking how

  • the moderation,
  • the presentation of comments and
  • the function of the conversation can be done to create safer and smarter forms of discussion and interaction. The project Coral / Talk referred to commenting systems, which are used in newsrooms. In detail, the design and function will be improved to promote better linkage with the content generated by the journalistic mode of operation. Future systems will need to improve participants' behavior and interaction in the comment section and allow moderation to detect and remove disruptive comments easily.

Relevance to misinformation detection.

In our project, we identified a similar problem in that commenting systems in digital environments, particularly social media applications, did not sufficiently support the participant in forming opinions due to consumer behavior. Similar to the Check project listed earlier, the commonality ends as soon as the target group is considered. The Coral / Talk project targets publishers of all sizes who host and manage commenting systems on their own websites.

Hypothesis

The Hypothesis Project is a new attempt to implement an old idea. A conversation layer across the web that works everywhere without requiring implementation by a child site. Using annotation, we enable the inclusion of sentence-level notes or critiques on news stories, blogs, scholarly articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, laws, and more.

Relevance to misinformation detection.

It does not meet the project's primary objective, although tagging of arbitrary content is done by stapling context-relevant content to it.

INJECT

Inject is developing a digital creative tool that enables journalists (and potential audiences in other fields) to discover new angles on statements or stories within published content. A key aspect is to produce creative and original articles even under the increasing time pressure felt in many newsrooms today.

Relevance to misinformation detection.

Detecting or recognizing critical content, including debunking misinformation, is not the primary objective of the project.