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Re: Claims and Multisource Journalistic Resources

From: Adam Sobieski <adamsobieski@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 12:54:59 +0000
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Yes, that’s the idea that the journalists want up-to-the-second information on the status of the facts upon which their news articles depend. I’ll think about scalar measures on the factual claims and, indirectly, news articles.

Such systems do require some additional effort during authoring processes. I agree that we need to consider the motivations of citizen journalists and bloggers to understand if/how they would want to actually use such systems.

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It might be possible to come up with something similar to a "spam score" in email, aka a "veracity score".

And just as the user can tune a spam filter from "let everything in" to "zero tolerance for spam", it might be possible to tune browsers and social network site to automatically filter stories based on user preferences based on this score.

This means that as the veracity of sources degrade, your article's score could decline. The plug-in could potentially alert the writer that their sources have degraded or were retracted, so the write could update their story with similar retractions or modifications.

Again, I think that we need to spend some serious effort on understanding the motivation of bloggers and journalists to use the system.


On 9/8/17 5:15 PM, Adam Sobieski wrote:
One of the conveniences that journalists receive from using the envisioned systems is that the plugins can email journalists should their news articles depend upon factual claims which change.

It’s possible that search rankings, perhaps on some keywords, may factor into the discussion, at some point, as search engines could process and index both the news articles and the factual claims. I’ll think about that.

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We also need to build a viral propagation feature into the plug-in to drive its usage. For example, if a notable search engine company would agree to improve search ranking for using verified news and claims? Or maybe earning a "veracity token" for using verified sources?

Moses Ma

On Sep 7, 2017 at 8:23 AM, <Steven Rowat<mailto:steven_rowat@sunshine.net>> wrote:

On 2017-09-07 3:30 AM, Adam Sobieski wrote:
> As I think about citizen journalists and bloggers, I think about
> Wordpress and Drupal plugins for verifiable factual claims.
> Such plugins would include a new object type for factual claims...
> ...snip...

> The plugins can process blog article creation, editing and deletion
> events to process dependency graphs across factual claims providers,
> ...snip...
> Journalists can receive notifications about their article dependencies
> should they update their local factual claims and, should remote
> factual claims used by journalists update or change...
> ...snip...
> Considering such plugins, and considering the possible features of
> such plugins, we can envision website-based and decentralized
> solutions which include support for citizen journalists and bloggers.

+1  Great stuff

And would the same type of thing be possible, say as a stand-alone
plugin for browsers, so a self-publisher or small scale publisher who
is building their own website, but not using Wordpress or Drupal,
could also be part of this overall system and have the same fact
claims services?



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