Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2017

Journal

Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of The Canadian Association for Information Science/ L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI2017)

Abstract

The News Verification Suite aims to provide users with a set of functions to verify information in the news. This paper offers a conceptual basis and a vision of system elements towards automated fact-checking in news production, curation, and consumption. The traditional model of journalism is compared to ‘news sharing a.s.a.p.’, highlighting similarities between journalistic criteria of excellence and LIS mandates for credibility and information quality. Potential steps for intervention with text-analytical technologies are identified – deception detection, rumor busting, satire labeling; they are nascent but feasible. Automated news verification can support and supplement news producers’ and news readers’ decision-making.


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