How can technology support fact-checkers? There are numerous experiments testing various approaches: detecting statements worth checking, automatic fact-checking, social media sharing plugins, etc. We’ve decided to experiment with bringing fact-checks closer to user. Now with a Chrome extension fact-checked statements will be highlighted as you browse the web, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube.
Looking for the right project
We didn’t have a project chosen in the beginning. While building the knowledgebase with all the projects and organization in the region we were becoming more sure what there is worth to scale
Krzysztof – tech expert, sends few ideas about what could be scaled: Infometer project, crowdsourcing data from PDFs or an experimentation project – providing fact-checkers with a tool to better reach their audience. For the latter he presents a working prototype with a short video.
Establishing the idea
We’ve decided to go on with tool for fact-checkers and we’ve prepared a proposal for this tool
The main idea: make readers better informed without changing their habits of media usage
We're working with Factual Romania
Romanian developer found
We prefer to work not only with local organizations, but also local developers. So it was great to hear that Cosmin Pojoranu, a project leader from Funky Citizens team has found the Romanian developer that is going to create Chrome browser extension.
Speeding up work after holiday period, tweaking bugs, we’ve managed to release the extension in October. It can be downloaded on this link.
Why is it important to be an expert or consult experts? Check this Youtube video (English subtitles available)