Promote the need for sincere information for a democracy based on trust
Fact checkers, web extensions, journalistic standards... The Fondation Descartes offers you a map of initiatives in France and around the world involved in asserting the quality of information or in fighting against disinformation.
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INITIATIVES

Annotation platform
United States

PublicEditor is a software that allows users to critically read and analyze news articles found online and to subsequently share their work. The software relies on the expertise of qualified volunteers to critique articles in a constructive manner. Members examine factual errors, errors in reasoning and psychological biases to assign a score to each article, which ultimately allows for a more informed opinion.

Information website
United States

Bitpress News is a nonpartisan corporation founded in 2017 to fight against misinformation. They detect misinformation spread online (memes, articles, videos, tweets) via technology (data science) and the contributions of expert analysts. Their goal is to prevent the dissemination of all forms of misinformation by publishing their results on digital platforms.

Fact-checker
United Kingdom

Trusted News is a tool that allows its users to consult an opinion on the news websites they consult. It is a tool offered by MetaCert Protocol, which provides an array of Internet security software. Belongs to FactMata.

Fact-checker
United Kingdom

Service offering protection against false information from a dual perspective. The first is the protection of the general public; the second concerns businesses and intends to protect advertisers by allowing them to evaluate the content published on a media platform from which they would like to purchase advertising placements. The tool utilizes artificial intelligence in order to identify hate speech, propaganda, fake news networks and statements aimed at eliciting “clicks” from Internet users without providing adequate or qualitative content.

Information website
France

Journalists from Agence France Presse review false information regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and publish their assessment on AFP's website and social media accounts.

Collaborative tool for fact-checking YouTube videos
France

CaptainFact underlines the increased prevalence of confirmation bias in the Internet age. The website offers to rate news-related YouTube videos by displaying a green logo when the information is correct, and a red logo when it is false.

Search engine
France

Search engine operated by journalists from Libération, in the form of questions submitted by web users to journalists.

Web extension
United States

News Guard relies on the expertise of journalists to sort through and gauge the legitimacy of news and information platforms. The site offers a color-based grading system (green and red) and tries to detect biases that would be concealed from readers, as well as propaganda articles or deliberately false statements. News Guard also proposes a quality label for information.

Annotation platform
United States

Users import an article’s link onto the website. Once uploaded, they can comment on the article. Articles already present in the platform’s database can also be commented on by all users. Each sentence of the articles can be commented and annotated according to whether they are true, false, satirical, biased, ...

Web extension
United States

The purpose of the website is to enable an open-ended debate regarding the content that is available on the Internet. The idea of the site is to allow its users to annotate web pages in the same way they would annotate books. The aim is to provide clarifications and corrections to the web page’s contents. The platform is intended to be completely free of access, free of charge and does not seek profit. Its revenue comes from private sponsors, such as for example the foundation created by the founder of eBay. All users are also encouraged to donate if they wish.

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