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

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Description 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**.
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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 [[worldbrain.io](http://worldbrain.io/)] 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.