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Getting automated fact-checking from science fiction to reality

A government leader opens his mouth, and listeners instantly know how much of the speech is provable. Science fiction? For the moment, but hopefully not forever. The state of technology and the maturity of fact-checking organizations today make it possible to take the first steps toward that goal. Chequeado, where I work as director of editorial innovation, started working … Read More
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Fail and move on: Lessons from automated fact-checking experiments

It is easy to get excited about the future of automated fact-checking, with all the promising projects being led by journalists, tech companies and academics. But it's also early days for the field, and many early projects are unlikely to yield anything practically or commercially viable. Which is precisely why such pilot projects are instructive. We looked back … Read More
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Report: Automated fact-checking is coming (and soon)

The British fact-checking organization Full Fact published on Wednesday a road map for automated fact-checking. The document argues that fully automated fact-checking is not a far-fetched fantasy but an attainable goal. We are months — and relatively small amounts of money — away from putting practical automated tools in fact-checkers' and journalists hands. This is not the horizon of … Read More
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The 2016 international fact-checking fellows will study automation and fact-checking on TV

The 2016 recipients of the Poynter international fact-checking fellowship are Cristina Tardáguila, director of Brazilian fact-checking agency Lupa and Pablo Martín Fernández, director of editorial innovation of the Argentinian fact-checking website Chequeado. The fellowships were organized by Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network and launched this year with support from the Shuttleworth Foundation. They cover the fellows' costs as … Read More
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A new widget delivers fact-checking where readers want it

Most fact-checking websites have forms that allow readers to submit claims they would like to get checked (see, for example, here and here). Istinomer, a Serbian fact-checking website, has gone one step further by launching a Google Chrome extension that allows users to highlight fishy claims they see anywhere online and submit them without leaving the pages … Read More
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Can fact-checkers break into Facebook's echo chambers?

Facebook poses two key challenges for the transmission of factual information. The first and most obvious is the lack of editorial oversight and the seamless distribution of what is popular regardless of whether it is accurate. This has meant fakes can reach millions of eyeballs, while the wording of Facebook posts can make months-old articles resurface as current … Read More
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What does the future of automated fact-checking look like?

DURHAM, N.C. — There’s nothing new about trying to correct the record in real time. Even a couple of decades ago, campaign aides would walk through the press sections at debates, circulating freshly printed pages that sought to debunk claims the opposing candidate had just made. That approach, even if it represented an attempt by campaigns to spin the facts in … Read More
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Fact-checking 2.0: Teaching computers how to spot lies

DURHAM, N.C. — Lots of things can be done faster using computers. Fact-checking is becoming one of them. Fully automated fact-checking is a long way off, if it will ever happen. But computational tools should increasingly help journalists check the veracity of claims made by politicians and other public figures. "It's a bit like having a sous chef cut things into … Read More
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Dead links plague journalists. This app is trying to fix that.

We have become so accustomed to accessing information online whenever and wherever we want that we mostly behave as if all information will be preserved forever. We are dead wrong. Journalists need to do more to preserve their own work, but they also need to do much more to safeguard the information they are linking to in their … Read More
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Poynter and Duke to hold conference on automated fact-checking

Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network and the Duke Reporters’ Lab will host “Tech & Check,” the first conference to explore the promise and challenges of automated fact-checking. Tech & Check, to be held March 31 to April 1 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, will bring together experts from academia, journalism and the tech industry. The conference will … Read More
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2016 will be the year of automated, weaponized and outsourced fact-checking

In the U.S. and elsewhere, 2016 holds great potential for fact-checkers, and not merely in terms of higher visibility. The coming year could be a big one for the impact, funding and technology of fact-checking globally. Forecasts, with their inherent reliance on uncertainty and subjectivity, are quite antithetical to fact-checking. So as partial expiation for indulging in this seasonal vice, … Read More
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What can fact-checkers learn from Storyful’s business model?

Screen shot, Storyful Last week I wondered out loud whether verification would kill fact-checking. While my expectation is that it will not, I argued that fact-checkers should take a long hard look at the tools and above all at the business model of verification companies. One of these, Storyful, was bought by News Corp for … Read More
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Must-reads for fact-checkers (existing and aspiring)

This is a non-exhaustive list of useful links on fact-checking. It will be routinely updated – please share any resources you think I've left out in the comment section or on twitter @factchecknet. Practical how-tos, sites on fact-checking news and noteworthy initiatives Methodologies and How To's Africa Check's tips and advice on how to fact-check - and their … Read More
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The 'Holy Grail' of computational fact checking – and what we can do in the meantime

"A call to arms to the computing and journalism communities" This rallying cry can be found in a paper on computational fact-checking presented two weeks ago at the Computation+Journalism symposium by Naeemul Hassan of UT Arlington and Bill Adair of Duke University. In presenting ‘Claimbuster,’ the paper calls for greater collaboration between computer scientists and journalists … Read More
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Will verification kill fact-checking?

Verification should be an intrinsic value of journalism. Yet the move towards ever-shorter news cycles and the increasing mass of user-generated content (UGC) means verification is being re-examined in depth and adapted to the 21st century. New resources are popping up all the time, from The Verification Handbook to the recent launch of First Draft News, a coalition … Read More
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