Crowd-sourced ideas on identifying and blocking fake news, started by Eli Pariser

Thoughts on design

Open Trust Protocol Validator

Open Trust Protocol

Aligns the Trust Indicators with standards in order to implement a simple, best practices-based system for including Trust Indicators on news platforms. Users can submit a URL and receive an analysis of their implementation of the Indicators and recommendations on what is missing. They fill out the form with the relevant organization data, click generate, and receive a metadata snippet that can be added to their site. The Economist


The Source

Scans news stories for verifiable data objects and outputs them as structured data. Click here.

The Washington Post, Mic, Vox, Buzzfeed

Trust Hound: Site-Level Open Trust Protocol (Author, Best Practices)

Implements and expands upon the Trust Protocol. Click here.

Trinity Mirror

Author Expertise and ID

Subject Expertise Bios – Contextualized

Surfaces reporters’ bios in the context of a story and alongside it while it is being read, watched or heard. Enables reporters to preload topic-specific bios and links them to any of their stories on the same topics. This contextual expertise relationship also is coded in a story’s microdata.



A Certified Signature: Author certification and expertise system. Click here.

La Stampa


SeeSource: Newsroom CMS and audience literacy tool to highlight source quality. Click here.

This service (plug in and drupal module) validates “sources” metatags. Journalists enter data about their sources in a predesigned format; from the audience perspective, the sources appear as a highlighted text that, when clicked, show a pop-up window with additional information.  Users are also asked to rank source quality in a simple “five stars” ranking style.

El Universal and Center for Investigative Reporting

Original Reporting

Gleaning Provenance from Article Similarity

Measures similarity of articles to assess whether they are recycled churnalism or original reporting. Shows clusters of articles to ID the original news source (by date); also connects user to diverse, validated perspectives on same topic.

Team BBCeX

Filter Bubble 

Automatic Journalism Discovery Agent: Pop Filter Bubble and Expose Problem News

How to Be a Better Skeptic


Open Bubble: Crowd-Sourced News Alternatives

Are You Trapped in a Filter Bubble?

The Guardian