‘Veri.ly’ project for the platform to verify the authenticity of the news in social networks




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“Veri.ly” the draft platform to verify the authenticity of the news in social networks

Dependent “Fair. Me” to employ mass crowd to validate the news via social media

Intends to researchers from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, Qatar Research Institute for computing the launch of the beta version of platform Veri.ly through this summer.

The aim of “Ferry. Me” Veri.ly, which really mean or without a doubt, to provide a tool able to check the rapid flow of information across sites of social media; too often, especially after important events and natural disasters spread at these sites a lot of information uncertain, and often contradictory. The validation of this information in a timely manner crucial element in the coordination of relief efforts in the aftermath of a natural disaster, for example.

And adopt “Ferry. me” to employ “mass mobilization” and mobilize the people to gather and analyze evidence to confirm or deny health news, with reputable points as a form of bonuses, in order to encourage people to participate.

The organizers of the platform intends to “Ferry. Me” tested during a natural disasters كفيضان or volcano; as usual be accompanied by warnings, can also be coordination with humanitarian relief organizations to use the platform.

For example, an image can be deployed traded via “Twitter” flooded hospital, ask a question about whether the image is real, for users start evaluating their validity, and urge their friends and Mtabaém via social networks to verify the authenticity of the picture.

During that acquires Voters points reflect the reputation or credibility, and their balance rises from a reputable points or fall according to what they provide correct information. In the following times gaining votes and opinions provided by reliable people Bha a higher degree of credibility.

It also will urge “Ferry. Me,” voting to bring new participants, and will give the participant who uses the site on the nomination of a user with a good reputation, up from asset reputation points at the outset.

Lessons “The Red Balloon Challenge”

Seeks “Ferry. To me,” inspired by previous experiences to mobilize and coordinate the efforts of people across the social media sites for the benefit of a single task.

Among the most prominent similar experiences what is known as “The Red Balloon Challenge” in 2009; agency where spotted the Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA) $ 40 thousand for the team that he could locate ten of the meteorological balloons released across the United States.

And managed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to determine their location in less than nine hours by encouraging people to participate via social media.

Group adopted to stimulate the financial rewards participants; Giving each person unable to find one of the balloons two thousand dollars, and a thousand dollars to the person who invited him to participate.

It was also the last year a similar challenge as the “Tag Challenge” in which it requested to identify five people, assuming that they are suspects, during the twelve hours while providing five thousand dollar reward for the winning team. People are distributed in five cities in Europe and North America.

The challenge is to identify targeted on the feasibility and method of using social media in achieving the objectives related to the enforcement of international law during a limited time. The team succeeded “Cloud Scanner” CrowdScanner, which included computer scientists from the Masdar Institute of Technology and the University of Southampton, UK, to reach three of the most wanted. The team used financial rewards to encourage people to research and raise Pictures wanted and urged others to participate.

He says one of the creators of the platform, “Fair. Me,” who took part in a team “Claude Scanner” Dr. Iyad رهوان: “mobilize people to join the search part of the problem, but we need to learn how to avoid misleading reports.”

And added رهوان, a professor at the Masdar Institute of Technology, that while finding the balloons took nine hours, they are hoping to facilitate the assessment of the crowd for evidence of mass media in individual incidents to take at least nine minutes.

See Patrick Meier, director of innovation at the Qatar Research Institute for Computing and one of the participants in the creation of “Ferry. To me,” that the new platform can provide a quick means to verify the reports that spread to sites such as “Reddit”.

Similar services

Join the platform, “Fair. Me” for a range of services similar to check the content and social media, albeit mostly focuses on specific aspects.

Including Storyful , which provides services for journalists and news organizations checks Mahtobat and social media, Kaltakd of Health via video imaging scan angle and weather conditions in the supposed place and others.

And also SwiftRiver one of the initiatives “Ushahidi” , which is free and open platform source depend on several applications, designed to help individuals and various organizations to extract meaning from large amounts of information in a short time. And depend on the organization of data, filtered, and arranged during occurrence, and add context interpret.

The bombing of the Boston Marathon crisis

Highlights the importance of “Fair. Me” and other services with a repeat transmission of users of social networking sites for news and pictures incorrectly, causing several problems.

Perhaps one of the latest examples, what happened in the wake of the bombings of the Boston Marathon in the United States the middle of April; where attempts led some users of the site “Reddit” Reddit to identify potential defendants to charges Sunil Tripathi, a student at Brown University. The name has spread via “Twitter” and the media, which proved to be his health, and push “Reddit” to the deployment of an apology for what happened.

He says Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civil media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “The basic problem is scary, people want to share and disseminate information, whether accurate or not.” He added that the reports on the bombing of the Boston Marathon proved to verification problems in the media.
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