How About a Fact-checking App for Articles?

Originally posted on WP Writers Group:

blogs.rrc-Truth-MythSome computers like IBM’s Watson can store millions of facts and that’s a fact. If Watson could do that, it’s so believable that it could also check if articles are factual and do not contain false ‘facts’.

Free Journalism Ethics Hotline
‘The Society for Professional Journalists just revised its code of ethics for the first time in 18 years for the digital age, and the Online News Association is crowdsourcing a project that allows journalists to build individual codes of ethics on the premise that one standardized code can no longer represent everyone.

‘Lodged in between these contrasting initiatives is a question about whether more standardized ethics codes have become stale in a fast-paced media environment where the working conditions for journalists are ever-changing. Or, do they in fact represent much-needed, objective fix points in a fluid world where far too much is already relative and individual?…’
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Man Born in Slum Becomes Indonesia’s President‘Born in 1961 in Solo, the son of a wood-seller spent his childhood in a house on a river bank until the local government evicted his family. Observers point to these humble beginnings as key to his popularity.

‘Mr Widodo began his political career with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) when he was elected mayor of Solo – a city in the centre of Java – in 2005.

‘The former Jakarta governor is the first president not to have come from the military or political elite.

‘Elected in July, the former furniture exporter and son of a carpenter now leads the world’s third-largest democracy, with a population of about 250 million people…’

Rude Man Knocked Down with One Punch by Woman [Videos]
‘Club-goer Anatoli Pokrovski, 36, who shot the video of the argument said: “I was outside waiting for my girlfriend who was getting her coat when I saw an argument break out between the man and two women.

‘”He obviously thought that he was in with a chance, as he tried to ask them for a drink, and when they told him to get lost, he decided to insult them by asking of they were prostitutes and how much it would cost.

‘”The women were clearly offended but I don’t think he ever expected what happened next, even though the woman really telegraphed the punch. She hit him so hard he fell flat on the pavement…’

Soda Ages Our Cells as Much as Smoking
‘Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.

‘The study revealed that telomeres — the protective units of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes in cells — were shorter in the white blood cells of survey participants who reported drinking more soda. The findings were reported online October 16, 2014 in the American Journal of Public Health…’

Roman Gladiators’ Diet May Surprise You
Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank ashes after training as a tonic. These are the findings of anthropological investigations carried out on bones of warriors found during excavations in the ancient city of Ephesos.

‘Historic sources report that gladiators had their own diet. This comprised beans and grains. Contemporary reports referred to them as “hordearii” (“barley eaters”)…’
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Was ‘Charmine Chou’ a social experiment for case study?

Sexy FB posts get OFW in trouble with Saudi authorities
‘In the spirit of balance reporting, we are posting screenshots of the public posts cum explanation made by a certain Suzy Bautista, said to be a Master of Arts student here in the Philippines, the owner/admin of the aforementioned Facebook page.

‘The case study referred to by the page admin is somehow similar to the “social experiment” conducted occasionally by Philippine broadcaster GMA-7’s wish-granting show Wish Ko Lang.

‘The difference is that the Kapuso program sets a limitation of sort so that the “social experiment” won’t greatly affect a particular sector of society…’

Snapchat Can’t Afford To Keep Your Photos Secure
‘Snapchat is valued at $10 billion, with its 24-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel paying himself a $10 million salary. Yet in the wake of a third-party breach which allowed hackers to post hundreds of thousands of private Snapchat photos on the Internet, the company now claims it has neither the time or money to keep its customers secure.

‘Hackers dumped hundreds of thousands of user photos—about 13GB—onto Internet forum 4chan on Sunday, a breach Internet joke smiths call “The Snappening.” Snapchat traced the hack to a third-party app named SnapSaved, and promptly blamed the victims:…’

Anonabox Mini-router Causes a Gigantic Web Splash
‘IT professional August Germar and his team launched a Kickstarter campaign for Anonabox, a device aimed to provide simple access to online privacy through portable hardware. Within two days, the campaign — originally seeking to raise $7,500 for a small production run — went viral among privacy-focused online consumers, commenters and media outlets, resulting in over $600k in pledged support as of the morning of October 16; the campaign’s sudden success, however, has also warranted extensive analysis and criticism from leading proponents of online privacy tools.

‘The device automatically sends all data through the protective Tor network, allowing users to chat, email, and browse freely anonymously by hiding IP addresses and side-stepping firewalls. The box may also offer improvements on current Tor services; the team explains, “[the] Anonabox also allows people to use programs over Tor that never supported it before or required complicated configuration like Skype, Safari and Filezilla, to name just a few.” Also, they add, “the default firewall configuration protects your computer or network from outside access.”…’

You’ll Never Take out the Trash the Same Way Again
‘In a refreshing product concept, designers Hu Lingling and Zhang Baoyi have imagined a elegant solution to the trashcan-trashbag dilemma. Their Eco Trash Can is a minimal, rectangular receptacle designed with deliberate grooves to hold multiple plastic bags at once. 3+ bags can be layered within the trashcan, allowing users to sort trash to their preferences.

‘The Eco Trash can works to eliminate the mess associated with using repurposed bags for trash collection, and it encourages consumers to recycle their free grocery bags and minimize net waste. Distinct bags can separate solid from liquid waste, or recyclables from non-recyclables.“Different sized bags can be used and there are no restrictions,” the product page notes, “ it makes reuse of small plastic bags a hassle-free experience.”…’

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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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