Collective Dementia on the Web: Distorted facts are changing our perception of History. Solutions?

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Description A meet-up session bringing together journalists, scientists & developers passionate about community-driven approaches to battle misinformation.
Type Meeting
Kids session No
Keyword(s) social, political, software
Tags fake news, misinformation, collaborative web research, knowledge management, memex
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Starts at 2018/12/30 15:00
Ends at 2018/12/30 16:00
Duration 60 minutes
Location Room:Seminar room 14-15

What's happening with our History? Before fake news dominated political elections and empowered tyrants, the validity of some historical facts - as fundamental as the existence of the Holocaust, for example - were not negotiable. Now, our collective memories are getting unstable. We are entering an era of collective dementia. News cycles are now shorter to capture clicks and advertising dollars. People are labored by an increasingly fragmented information space, where competing realities collide haphazardly. We face a world where competing truths aren’t effectively reconciled, and the historical record itself becomes a matter of conjecture. This present scenario begs for a new solution to better map our collective knowledge in a way that makes reconciliation easier.

TraceMap and are joining forces to build a decentralized, scalable and sustainable tool capable of coping with the volumes of misinformation online. Through this team effort, we look to create new online spaces with better tools for collaborative fact-checking and debate. To achieve that, we need fact-checkers in the development loop – to build a future web that better supports journalism and embodies journalistic values. We are building a community of believers who see a better news future on the web, centered around collaboration, collective reasoning and better perspective.

Come join us and bring your input, project and concerns with the state of the world.

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