Re: More about NewsQA and JTI [via Credibility Community Group]

Sorry, I keep misusing the blog software (or it's misusing me) and 
ending up with these poorly-formatting things.

It should look more like below.

       -- Sandro


In retrospect, I should have described NewsQA before yesterday's 
meeting, to frame the discussion and help people decide whether to 
attend. With that in mind, I want to say a few things about next week's 
topic, JTI. Both projects use online data sharing and have real 
potential to combat disinformation, in very different ways.

First, here's what I should have said about NewsQA:

  * The NewsQA project, run by Jeff Jarvis's group at CUNY, is building
    a service that will aggregate signals of credibility, to be
    available at no cost in 1Q20. Access will likely have restrictions
    related to intent.
  * They're currently working with about 100 credibility signals about
    domains, provided by various commercial and public data providers.
    They have data for about 12,000 domains serving news content, mostly
    in the US.
  * They would like wider review and potential standardization around
    those 100 signals. They also have experimental/research questions
    around the project for which they'd like community discussion and input.

The presentation included more about this, as well as plans for the 
future and open questions. You can read the notes of yesterday's meeting 
or seethe slides 
for more detail. Here's the key architecture slide:

Looking forward, I'm thinking:

  * We should look over the list of 100 signals, try to align them with
    other signals folks are using, and make sure they're documented in a
    way others can use
  * I'd like to understand the ecosystem around data providers and
    consumers. What's motivating each party now, and what do we expect
    in the future
  * How secure are these signals against manipulation and misuse?
  * And then we have all the questions that came up during that meeting,
    still needing a lot more work before we have answers. (Like, "What
    is news?")

Meanwhile, next week we'll be hearing from the Journalism Trust 
Initiative (JTI) <>. My understand of JTI:

  * The project is led by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which has a
    strong reputation in fighting news censorship and bias
  * Using an open standards process (under CEN
    <>), they've gathered a
    community and together written down a general consensus of how news
    organizations ought to behave. The idea is that if you follow these
    practices, you're far more likely to be trustworthy. If you can show
    the world you're following them, especially via some kind of
    certification, you probably ought to be trusted more by individuals
    and by systems.
  * There's a survey (start here
    <>) with about
    200 questions covering all these rules and practices. Some of the
    questions are about whether you do a thing journalists are supposed
    to do, and others are asking you to disclose information that
    journalists ought to make public.
  * There are still wide open questions about how the data from those
    200 questions might be published, distributed, and certified.
  * The deadline for comments is 18 October
    <> so now is
    the time! Issues around data transfer can (and will have to be)
    settled later.

That's the topic for next week's meeting 
We're expecting several key people from JTI to attend. I hope to see 
many of you there.

Received on Wednesday, 9 October 2019 20:21:31 UTC