Track and Verify News with Emergent

news.discovery-dnews-files-2014-10-emergent-info-141007-670-jpg‘Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop and best practices for debunking misinformation.

‘Have a rumor we should be tracking? A source we should add to an existing story? Feedback to share? Email us.

‘You can view a list of rumors being tracked on the homepage, along with their current claim state (True, False, Unverified). Click on a story to visit a page that visualizes the sources reporting the rumor, and a breakdown of social shares per source. You can also click on individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article…’

For more detail about how Emergent works, check out the posts on our blog.


Here are 2 articles you can track and verify
How “Gamergate” Death Threats Forced A Game Developer From Her House
‘The misogynists and the bullies and the sadist trolls of patriarchal gaming culture threatened to murder me and rape my corpse, and I did not back down. They tried to target my company’s financial assets and I did not back down. They tried to impersonate me on Twitter in an attempt to professionally discredit me and I did not back down.

‘Today, I’m being targeted by a delusional mob called “Gamergate.”

‘If you don’t know what Gamergate is, my God do I envy you. Gamergate is basically a group of boys that don’t want girls in their videogame clubhouse. Only, instead of throwing rocks, they threaten to rape you. And, if that doesn’t work, they’ll secretly record your conversations and release the lurid details of your sex life in a public circus. From seeing the Gamergate mobs plan this on, it seems like they’re having a lot of fun…’


Are we overreacting to Twitter’s latest blog post?
Or are retweets-as-faves here to stay?
‘Many, understandably, read that to mean that Twitter is officially introducing these experiments to a wider audience. The Washington Post said, “Get ready for Tweets from people you don’t follow. Twitter thinks you’ll like them.” PC World said, “Twitter veers into Facebook territory with curated timelines for everyone.” The Guardian said, “The social network has confirmed that it’s no longer an experiment: it’s a standard feature.”

‘Sources familiar with the company’s strategy told me that’s not entirely true. The blended content experiment started a month or so ago around the time everyone starting complaining about faves-as-retweets. Nothing has changed since then. But Twitter wanted to better explain the philosophy of those experiments for the user, which led to today’s blog post…’

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All About Cooking with Blood blood as food ingredient is popular in South Asia. Is it popular in your own country?

‘Blood-based cooking has certainly been a part of Western cuisine since the time of ancient Greece, when blood sausages were mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. And in all likelihood, people have used animal blood for sausages, soups, pastes, or drinks since the first animal slaughter. But sometime in recent history, we forgot how to use blood. The ingredient grew so taboo that even Scottish chef Nick Nairn vomited on television at the site of a bowl of cooking blood.

‘Yet from Scotland to Italy, Spain to Russia, and Tanzania to China, many traditional dishes still use blood. A few modern chefs have dared, in recent years, to whip up dishes like blood tarts with fig soaked in grappa and espresso, blood custard with rosemary topped with pickled pears, and blood-chocolate pudding with bing cherries. It was supposedly a blood macaroon served at the world-ranked Mugaritz in Spain that triggered the Food Lab’s interest in finding new and innovative uses for this ubiquitous but culinarily neglected slaughterhouse byproduct…’

Is Chivalry Dead?
Sexism debate online after viral ‘jeepney nurses’ photo
In the first place, why do drivers allow women to hang onto running public jeepneys? It’s also the riders’ fault if they insist on squeezing into packed jeepneys.

‘It’s the kind of question more suited to university social science courses, but it was recently posed by the Facebook page for a local car magazine. On Wednesday, October 15, Top Gear Philippines’ Facebook page posted a photo, credited to Marvin Sy, of two women in nurses’ uniform clinging from the outside of a moving jeepney. Accompanying the post was the status “Is chivalry dead? We really hope there was not a single male passenger inside that jeepney.”

‘As of writing, the photo has garnered 55,732 likes, 8,097 shares, and 4,007 comments, and has sparked a lively debate on gender equality. Notably, even the admin of Top Gear’s Facebook page offered its own opinions in the comments thread. Below is a sampling of the comments found in the post:…’

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep
‘Two thousand years ago, Galen, one of the most prominent medical researchers of the ancient world, proposed that while we’re awake, our brain’s motive force, its juice, would flow out to all the other parts of the body, animating them but leaving the brain all dried up, and he thought that when we sleep, all this moisture that filled the rest of the body would come rushing back, rehydrating the brain and refreshing the mind. Now, that sounds completely ridiculous to us now, but Galen was simply trying to explain something about sleep that we all deal with every day. See, we all know based on our own experience that when you sleep, it clears your mind, and when you don’t sleep, it leaves your mind murky. But while we know a great deal more about sleep now than when Galen was around, we still haven’t understood why it is that sleep, of all of our activities, has this incredible restorative function for the mind…’

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UberFacts Makes $500K Off Twitter

lexrockchamber-3036880-poster-p-1-how-to-make-500000-a-year-on-twitter‘It’s a blindingly sunny morning in October, and Sanchez, founder of the uber-popular Twitter account UberFacts, is sitting outside at a sidewalk cafe in Beverly Hills showing me a feature on the about-to-be-released UberFacts Android app. (An iOS app already exists.) He’s playing a game called UberTap, in which you try to tap the screen a certain number of times within a certain number of seconds. Say, 80 times in 10 seconds. It’s mindlessly addictive (wait–what about 100 times in 10 seconds?), and has absolutely nothing to do with the weird, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not-type trivia that has made UberFacts one of the most powerful brands on Twitter…’

One more reason to monitor your kids’ social networks
Parents May Be Liable for What Their Kids Post on Facebook, Court Rules
Court finds Georgia couple can be held liable for defamation of son’s classmate
‘Parents can be held liable for what their kids post on Facebook, a Georgia appellate court ruled in a decision that lawyers said marked a legal precedent on the issue of parental responsibility over their children’s online activity.

‘The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that the parents of a seventh-grade student may be negligent for failing to get their son to delete a fake Facebook profile that allegedly defamed a female classmate.

‘The trouble started in 2011 when, with the help of another student, the boy constructed a Facebook profile pretending to be the girl. He used a “Fat Face” app to make her look obese and posted profane and sexually explicit comments on the page depicting her as racist and promiscuous, according to court documents…’

Employee Fired for ‘Hate’ Tweet
‘Earlier this afternoon, Uber driver Christopher J. Ortiz posted the email above informing him that he would be “permanently deactivated” because of a single tweet. “I think that’s pretty much fired—for a ‘independent contractor,'” Ortiz told Valleywag.

‘Ortiz, a journalist and startup founder, had driven for Uber in May and June as research for his startup, Newscastic, “which is also in the marketplace space,” he said. He was considering starting up again and asked how he could get his account reactivated, which is when he received the email from John Hamby, an Uber operations manager…’

Mozilla teams up with Humble Bundle to offer Firefox and Chrome users eight plugin-free games
‘Mozilla and Humble Bundle today announced a new package that features award-winning indie best-sellers for which gamers can choose how much they want to pay. Naturally called the Humble Mozilla Bundle, the package consists of eight games that have been ported to the Web.

‘The first five games (Super Hexagon, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, Osmos, Zen Bound 2, and Dustforce DX) can cost you whatever you want. The next two (Voxatron and FTL: Faster Than Light) can be had if you beat the average price for the bundle. You can pay $8 or more to receive all of the above, plus the last game, Democracy 3. Previously, all of these indie games were available only on PC or mobile. Now they all work in browsers on Windows, Mac, and Linux without having to install any plugins…’

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Why investigative journalism is so important‘Bloggers appear to have filled a void particularly in political commentary. A key difference between bloggers and traditional media is that bloggers have little or no reputational risk or editorial objectivity in what they comment on.

‘Apart from libel laws they are largely free to say what they want with little commercial constraint.

‘But real investigative journalism is crucial to a well-functioning democracy. Unfortunately it is a costly endeavour for media outlets struggling to survive. This leads to a tendency towards descriptive reporting rather than investigation. This reduces the accountability of politicians and other powerful entities in our society…’

Why The Poor Pay $1,400 for Old iPads
‘Would you pay $1,439.28 for an early model iPad? Some who can’t afford it do. In some ways, the predatory lending to the poor that threw America into a tailspin in 2006 has moved on to smaller items like iPads and couches. Rent-to-own stores can charge effective interest rates of more than 100 percent and avoid state usury laws by categorizing the purchases as “leases.” And the industry is growing: the store that sells the $1,400 iPad (over 72 weeks) currently has 204 stores and wants to double that number in the next three years…’
— The Washington Post via @dabeard

Finalists For The 2014 National Book Award
Some of the winners:
Anthony Doerr for Fiction, Evan Osnos for Non-fiction
‘The National Book Awards shortlists — for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature — were announced Wednesday on Morning Edition by Mitchell Kaplan, co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and former president of the American Booksellers Association. Read more about each of the finalists below…’
the list

How Can You Get Difficult Sources to Open Up?‏
The Art of Street Reporting
‘Reporting has always been more about art than science. Journalism schools can teach you what a nut graph is, but the best reporters learn on the job, building stories from scratch as they deal with difficult sources, bureaucratic roadblocks, and potentially threatening situations. That’s why we’re creating this journalism guide alongside our nonprofit sister site

‘In a series of installments, we’re covering 15 topics ranging from how to develop police sources to how to properly read an Accurint report. Book smarts and street smarts are different beasts in the world of journalism, but by providing the right resources, we want to help every reporter have both…’

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Cartoon Network Seeks Filipino 3D Artists

Originally posted on WP Writers Group:

wikipedia-indexIn 1993 when 3D animation isn’t popular yet, Walt Disney subcontracts our office Tokyo Animation in Manila. Lion King was just one of the movies we created scenes of.

‘Silas Hickey, Cartoon Network’s creative director for animation development in Asia Pacific, said the country is loaded with skilled animators in 3D.

‘“We do a lot of lab work in the Philippines because a lot of people love to draw. You are much aware that Johnny Bravo was developed by a Filipino artist based in the United States,” he said during his talk with Top Draw Animation Inc. animators and students held at Tektite Tower, Pasig City.

“’We want to grow the next generation of storytellers in Asia Pacific,” Hickey pointed out…’

The Abusive Campaign of Gamergate
Lazy coverage of Gamergate is only feeding this abusive campaign
‘Gamergate’s self-image of itself as ‘crusaders for ethics’ isn’t supported by…

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Facebook Joins Networks with Disaster Apps

engadget-SafetyCheck1Facebook Can Now Help You Out During Disasters

‘Despite the frivolous nature of most social media interactions, Facebook’s latest new feature is intended for use only in serious situations. Unveiled today in Japan, Safety Check notifications are pushed to users when a natural disaster hits and area you have listed as your location, where you’ve checked in on Nearby Friends, or where you recently logged in from. Tech companies like Google and Facebook have worked to connect people after significant disasters in the past, and Facebook says the project is an extension of the Disaster Message Board its Japanese engineers rolled out after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami there. Safety Check is rolling out globally on Android, iOS, feature phones and the desktop — there’s a demo video (embedded after the break) to explain how it all works…’

Tech-Savvy Cop Hacks Passwords to Save Life
Police use iPhone to rescue woman after car plunges down ravine
‘A California car crash victim was impossible to find until a tech-savvy police officer made a crucial decision to track her down using an iPhone.

‘California Highway Patrol officers located the missing woman’s Chevy Cruze at about 5:30 Tuesday morning. The missing car was 500 feet down a ravine off Mt. Hamilton Road in South Bay.

‘A Coast Guard helicopter was called while officers walked down the embankment through heavy shrubbery. They found 28-year-old Melissa Vasquez, who had been ejected from the car, and had been missing for 17 hours.

‘It wasn’t until 3 a.m. Tuesday when Cameron went to Vasquez’s house and found her iPad that he realized he could use Apple’s Find My iPhone app to track her. But first, he had to crack all of her pass codes…’

The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
Want to learn how to give a great talk?
‘Over and over, you keep asking us: What’s the best way to give a TED Talk? It’s not just that you’re interested in sharing your ideas at a TED or local TEDx event. Short presentations have become a bread-and-butter staple at schools and offices around the world, and you want more guidance on how to give them well.

‘And so, our curator Chris Anderson is writing a book to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2016. Titled Talk This Way! The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, it will be packed with insights on what makes talks work…’

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Turn Your Cremated Loved Ones Into Diamonds

businessinsider-memorial-diamond-2‘The idea of wearing your deceased loved one around your finger or neck might be a little unsettling, but that’s exactly what a company called Algordanza does: transform human ashes into a diamond.

‘Ripka said the process for growing diamonds in a lab is common knowledge, but there are very few experts in the field. It takes about four to six months for Algordanza to complete an order from the time the consumer places the order to the time their diamond is delivered.

“‘Its a kind of science, but it’s also art,” Ripka said. Contact the company for orders, but beware, the diamond-making process isn’t cheap, though the resulting diamond will be “an everlasting keepsake, remembrance, or heirloom to pass to future generations.”…’
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Positive and Negative Thinking Affects Sleep
Simply thinking you got better sleep makes your brain work better
‘You’re probably aware of the placebo effect—taking a pill of any sort can make a person feel better, even if that pill has no active ingredients. But it turns out that the placebo effect doesn’t just work with gel caps. It’s possible to get placebo exercise and even placebo sleep.

‘Basically, if you tell somebody that a “treatment”—a pill, better sleep, more exercise—is going to work, it will probably work. And this has proven true time and again, for all sorts of things beyond straight medication. A study that told a group of hotel housekeepers that their work was good exercise found that those workers scored higher on health indicators than a group of hotel housekeepers who didn’t think they were getting exercise on the job. People who are told that athletes have good vision have better vision when doing athletic activities. And simply thinking you got better sleep makes your brain work better…’
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What Millionaires Have in Common
‘Are they harder workers? Do they have brains that can bend spoons? Do they exhibit Bond Villain levels of cunning?

‘For their books The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind the authors surveyed over 700 millionaires to find out.

‘80% were self-made, accruing all their wealth in one generation. And they were doing a number of things you and I probably aren’t…’
Here are a few patterns the researchers saw

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