Thursday, July 26, 2012

WaPo Won't Get Fooled Again

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The Washington Post has given developers the green light to come up with a "TruthTeller" application which will offer real-time fact checking of video and audio.

Present-day factchecking projects can take hours or days or even weeks to sort out the truth after somebody says something. The Washington Post will connect several open video, transcription and search technologies to allow the live factchecking of video and audio streams. Look for the multimedia player add-on to be tested during the presidential debates this fall.

With so many fabricators, outed (like Liane Membis) and more presently unknown, still waiting-to-be-outed --- it's no wonder that responsible mainstream media wants to up the ante when it comes to assuring quality journalistic control. This same app could well inspire others that could potentially help weed out the Kaavya Viswanathans and other "Mixers" of this world as well. ::: "With the funding under its belt the Post can now look to start building a team to work on developing the concept for a real-time fact checker. This team will include people from the Post as well as other partners, such as Dan Schultz, a Knight Mozilla Fellow who created fact-checking tool Truth Goggles."

I would welcome the opportunity to use an app like Truth Goggles and embed it here on this blog! With the speed developers work, I doubt it will be long before the capabilities are available.
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