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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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Introducing Google Nose (Beta)

We're excited to announce our newest addition to Search: Google Nose. What do wet dogs smell like? Google Nose! How about victory? Google Nose! Try searching...
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Another amazing breakthrough from Google.  What does the inside of an Egyptian Tomb Smell like?  Google Nose! 

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21cif.com: Importance of Fact Checking

The patient's chart is missing and Doc Holmes insists on getting the facts.


Website evaluation requires that you check the facts! 

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#FactFest - The Future of Fact Checking @CUNYJSchool

"A daylong discussion of the future of fact checking at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, November 15, 2011..."

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This History and Current State of Fact Checking

"A look at how fact checking started at American magazines and has spread and evolved over time. By Craig Silverman of RegretTheError.com."

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NewsTrust Your Guide to Good Journalism

NewsTrust Your Guide to Good Journalism | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Here's a group that is working with crowdsourced fact checking.  How does this method deal with bias?  Who checks the fact checkers (the crowd)? Can a crowd be trusted (does this start to sound like a Wikipedia debate)?  

 

Food for thought here! ~ Dennis

 

NewsTrust offers a compelling new way to find and share good journalism online. Our nonprofit project provides quality news feeds, news literacy tools and a trust network to help citizens make informed decisions about democracy.

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FactCheck.org | A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

FactCheck.org | A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

I recall the catch phrase made famous by Dragnet's Joe Friday: "Just the facts ma'am."  

 

Getting the facts is made a bit easier by organizations like FactCheck.org who actually check what politicians (and others ) say. 

 

As we try to teach students to recognize bias and question digital resources, let keep in mind that fact-checking is the first line of defense.  

 

My work with 21CIF.com has taught me that fact checking is something most students never think about.  There is plenty too think about at this site!  ~ Dennis

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21cif:Fact Checking

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When investigating the credibility of information online, it is usually a good practice to look at the information from three different perspectives. For elementary students, the identity and qualifications of the author and publisher are the most important things to emphasize. At a young age, they learn that people do not always "tell the truth." Believing someone who doesn't tell the truth can lead to trouble.

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LazyTruth

LazyTruth | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"'LazyTruth is a free Gmail gadget that automatically triggers fact-checked content when you receive a misleading email forward."

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MediaBugs

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MediaBugs is a service for correcting errors and problems in media coverage.


The journalism industry ships lemons every day. Our newsrooms have a massive quality control problem. According to the best counts we have, more than half of stories contain mistakes — and only three percent of those errors are ever fixed. Errors small and large litter the mediascape, and each uncorrected error undermines public trust in [...]

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Hypothes.is | The Internet, peer reviewed.

Hypothes.is | The Internet, peer reviewed. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

If wherever we encountered new information, sentence by sentence, frame by frame, we could easily know the best thinking on it.


If we had confidence that this represented the combined wisdom of the most informed people--not as anointed by editors, but as weighed over time by our peers, objectively, statistically and transparently.
If this created a powerful incentive for people to ensure that their works met a higher standard, and made it perceptibly harder to spread information that didn't meet that standard.


These goals are possible with today's technologies.
They are the objectives of Hypothes.is.

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Trust Me: Credibility is the Future of Journalism

Trust Me: Credibility is the Future of Journalism | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

My colleague Matt Stempeck said it best: “Dan, I know that your life has been a tornado wrapped in a hurricane wrapped up in a whole box of tsunamis this week, but you really need to start wearing pants to work.”

 

It turns out only part of that quote is accurate, but you’ll never know which one for sure! This is why, before I can graduate from MIT, I have to create an automated bullshit detector. The basic premise is that we, as readers, are inherently lazy. It isn’t just that we’ll believe almost anything — remember that time in 1938 when we believed aliens were invading the planet just because someone on the radio said so? Yeah. That happened. The real problem is that we’ll often believe what we want to believe (or disbelieve what we don’t want to believe).

 

It’s hard to blame us. Just look at the amount of information flying around every which way. Who has time to think carefully about everything? Not me, that’s who’nt. This is why I’m working on a tool called Truth Goggles that will help hone our critical abilities; one that will help us identify pieces of information that are worth inspecting a little bit more closely before deciding how it fits into our world views.

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PolitiFact | Sorting out the truth in politics

PolitiFact | Sorting out the truth in politics | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter.

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