Like any technical development, the digitalization of information and communication technologies is causing profound social transformations. The latter have radically transformed many social fields, such as the widening of public debate, the circulation of personalized content and even access to information. In fact, if these new technologies hold the promise of upsetting the established order and reducing social disparities (access to knowledge, culture, democracy etc.), they could equally lead to a strengthening of the hegemony of GAFAM, thus generating the emergence of projects according to their own interests.
Traditional media are increasingly discredited: only 24% of French people believe that journalists are independent. This discredit of the media is part of a larger dynamic, that of anti-elite and anti-institutional discourse. On the Internet, propagandists first take advantage of the “filter bubble” and selective exposure to information, which designates the passage of information through the dribbling of personalization algorithms and the state of intellectual isolation. ensuing. Facebook and Google have indeed disrupted access to information by over-personalizing the information provided by their respective algorithms. According to Eli Pariser, this encourages a form of self-propaganda that promotes segmentation of society. "The filter bubble stems from our activity on the Internet, from the pages we subscribe to and from the content we have through our engagement (like, sharing, comment, etc.) which has been reported to be of great interest to us. The algorithms here only reflect our choices which are often based on principles of similarity or conformities well known to psychologists, but also on the principle of selective exposure - which leads individuals to expose themselves in preference to discourse which agree a priori. In a globalized system false information proliferates to influence citizens during elections (US elections) or even referendums (Brexit in England).
To combat the exponential appearance of fake news, we must collectively decipher this fake news and shore up our critical thinking.
What it does
Collaborative verification of facts by citizens is a platform for annotation and collaborative verification of information content. It is also an extension that we download to our browser and which allows us to rate and evaluate informational content. The citizen gives a note to the requested content reads and can notify facts that would be false and put in comment with the source or verification. Anyone with the extension will be able to view comments from collaborative fact checks and also participate in content verification. On the collaborative verification of facts by citizens contained from 100pts of reputation, a moderation tool from 200pts… etc. This tool makes it possible to add great value to information content and to detect very quickly if the content contains false fact and if it is fake news.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
The challenge was to put in place a project that meets the objectives of combating the spread of false news and respecting access to information for all citizens. Citizens must be actors in guaranteeing information.