Sunday, October 11, 2009
Making The Call on Web 'Facts'/ New Software Sorts Out The Consensus From The Contentious
NOTE: this story is not yet on the Christian Science Monitor's web site, but will be posted later this week) Excerpt: Journalism has become less black and white today. From healthcare reform to progress in Afghanistan, commentators on cable news and blogs have refracted "the truth" into many shades of gray. So when someone throws out a statistic, how do you know it's true?To help readers, Rob Ennals a research scientist at Intel Labs in Berkeley, Calif, developed an online veracity alert system for news. The software, called Dispute Finder, sniffs through what you are reading online. If anything smells fishy--perhaps questionable poll results or references to 'death panels'-- his code blows a whistle and says, 'This is disputed, Here's the evidence.'