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Sifting through the falsehoods and half-true sentiments popping up left and right online is Truthsquad, a journalist-driven, community fact-checking experiment of NewsTrust, in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity. The site (NewsTrust.net/Truthsquad) aims to help viewers decipher what’s fact and what’s fiction on the Internet, and is gearing up for an especially active 2012 election season.

 

Truthsquad’s goal is to give readers new tools for checking information on the Web — and, in the process, help build media literacy skills with the guidance of professionals, as stated on Truthsquad’s home page. The underlying concept is to combine the center’s newsroom of investigative journalists with crowd-sourcing and partner contributions while engaging visitors. Truthsquad doesn’t just target politicians, but media pundits and public figures as well....

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Truth-O-Meter, franchised: PolitiFact places its bets on expanding to states

Truth-O-Meter, franchised: PolitiFact places its bets on expanding to states | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In its expansion, PolitiFact sets its sights on becoming an Associated Press for fact-checking.

 

Four years is a long time to be setting pants on fire.

 

It was August 2007 when PolitiFact officially launched its fact-checking mission and introduced the world to the Truth-o-Meter, giving new weight to the childhood warning of “pants on fire.” Over the years more than 4,000 statements have gone through the meter, registering claims on health care, the national debt, Slim Jims, and the truthiness of Fox News.

 

Fact-checking has seen an interesting progression in recent years, evolving into a stand-alone form of news....

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Julian Assange: 'I am – like all hackers – a little bit autistic'

Julian Assange: 'I am – like all hackers – a little bit autistic' | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
When I started hacking you were just one layer above the bare metal. You were typing into this wonderful emptiness, waiting to be populated with minds.

 

The thrill of getting into top-secret websites quickly became addictive for Julian Assange. Here he describes all-night hacking sessions, a cat-and-mouse game with a computer administrator and the arrival of the police...

 

Riveting reading

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