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CLAIMBUSTER

"ClaimBuster, a fact-checking platform, uses natural language processing and supervised learning to detect important factual claims in political discourses. The claim spotting model is built using a human-labeled dataset of check-worthy factual claims from the U.S. general election debate transcripts." Read academic paper here.

FUNDING

"The research and development of ClaimBuster has been partially supported by National Science Foundation grants 1408928, 1565699, 1719054, a Knight Prototype Fund from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a subaward from the Duke Tech & Check Cooperative (funded by The Knight Foundation, the Facebook Journalism Project and the Craig Newmark Foundation), and the University of Texas at Arlington."

Submitted by: Evangéline de Bourgoing

DEEPNEWS.AI

"The news media’s economic landscape is devastated. Over the last fifteen years, newsrooms across the Western world have lost half their workforce. Profits have evaporated, resources for reporting have dwindled, and investment in technology has been desperately low. Deepnews.ai wants to make a decisive contribution to the sustainability the information ecosystem in two ways:

On the economic side - Currently, there is no correlation between the cost of producing great content and its economic value. A story that required months of work and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to report and edit carries the same unitary value (a few dollars per thousand page views) as a gossipy article about the Kardashians.
But times are changing. In the digital ad business, indicators are blinking red: CPMs, click-through rates, and viewability are on a steady downward decline. We believe that inevitably, advertisers and marketers will seek refuge in havens of high-quality content—as long as they can rely on a credible indicator of quality. Deepnews.ai aims to provide this gauge.

On the editorial side - The ability to assess the quality of news will open up a vast array of opportunities for new products and services."

FUNDING

Various: https://www.deepnews.ai/#partners

Submitted by: Evangéline de Bourgoing

technologyFergus Bell
SERELAY

"Our patented (pat. pend.) capture technology utilises a mobile device's sensor readings and security infrastructure to create a new class of metadata which can be used for authentication purposes.

Any trusted media file produced by a Serelay-compliant solution will always be backward compatible and will work seamlessly with existing software applications and electronic devices."

FUNDING

Support from: CSIT Labs, Digital News Initiative, ESA Business Incubation Centre in Harwell, Innovate UK (taken from website)

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

FACTMATA

"In 2018, Factmata will be launching a revolutionary news platform, dedicated to helping journalists, researchers and domain experts reach and inform the public. Our tools will help users work with our credibility-scoring artificial intelligence to discover, engage with, curate and share quality news content.

Users will be able to use our platform to do four things: Rapidly annotate and share news, curate and share collections of news content, and discover new content and track breaking news stories from high quality sources. At every step they’ll be aided by our monitoring platform, using cutting edge natural language processing and artificial intelligence to help spot rogue content."

FUNDING

Investors: https://factmata.com/about.html#about-investors

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

technologyFergus BellAI
SCHEMA.ORG

"Schema.org is a collaborative, community activity with a mission to create, maintain, and promote schemas for structured data on the Internet, on web pages, in email messages, and beyond.

Schema.org vocabulary can be used with many different encodings, including RDFa, Microdata and JSON-LD. These vocabularies cover entities, relationships between entities and actions, and can easily be extended through a well-documented extension model. Over 10 million sites use Schema.org to markup their web pages and email messages. Many applications from Google, Microsoft, Pinterest, Yandex and others already use these vocabularies to power rich, extensible experiences.

Founded by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yandex, Schema.org vocabularies are developed by an open community process, using the public-schemaorg@w3.orgmailing list and through GitHub.

A shared vocabulary makes it easier for webmasters and developers to decide on a schema and get the maximum benefit for their efforts. It is in this spirit that the founders, together with the larger community have come together - to provide a shared collection of schemas."

FUNDING

Funding Unknown

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

technologyFergus Bell
GOOGLE FACT CHECK (SUSPENDED)

"“For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page. The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.”

Note: For more on the suspension read this from Poynter's Daniel Funke.

FUNDING

Google

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

InVID PROJECT

"InVID will build a platform providing services to detect, authenticate and check the reliability and accuracy of newsworthy video files and video content spread via social media.

This platform will enable novel newsroom applications for broadcasters, news agencies, web pure-players, newspapers and publishers to integrate social media content into their news output without struggling to know if they can trust the material or how they can reach the user to ask permission for re-use. It will ensure that verified and rights-cleared video content is readily available for integration into breaking and developing news reports. Validated by real customer pilots, InVID will help protecting the news industry from distributing fakes, falsehoods, lost reputation and … lawsuits."

FUNDING

"The InVID project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687786."

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

INTERNATIONAL STANDARD CONTENT CODE

"Currently, the media industry is still relying on identifiers that were designed for physical products such as printed books and magazines. However, traditional identifiers (like ISBN, ISSN or ISRC) fall short of the requirements for digital trade – and for individual journalistic articles they are missing altogether.

Freely accessible standard identifiers, which are specifically designed for digital content, are a fundamental prerequisite for transactions and sales activities in a digital and increasingly heterogeneous media environment.

With better identifiers for digital content, it will become more efficient to perform sales or other transactions and to report and account revenues or license fees back to the rights holders.

The Content Blockchain Project will design an open identifier for digital content and develop tools to create and register instances of that identifier on blockchain systems. Our working name is ISCC – International Standard Content Code."

FUNDING

Digital News Initiative, other funding unknown

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

THE TRUST PROJECT

“The Trust Project explores how journalism can stand out from the chaotic crowd and signal its trustworthiness.

The project crafts tangible digital strategies to fulfill journalism’s basic pledge: to serve society with a truthful, intelligent and comprehensive account of ideas and events. We take advantage of our location at the heart of Silicon Valley to imagine technology that can bake the evidence of trustworthy reporting — accuracy, transparency and inclusion –plainly into news practices, tools and platforms.”

FUNDING

The Trust Project’s founding funder was Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, as part of craigconnects’ Trustworthy Journalism Initiative. Google is contributing financial support to the Trust Project. The project is also supported by the Markkula Foundation.

Submitted by: Fergus Bell