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Checkdesk Sources

Checkdesk Sources is a powerful open source toolkit for journalists and transparency advocates to track online social media sources and quickly assess whether a source (a Twitter account, a YouTube channel, a Facebook profile etc) is legitimate or a sockpuppet working to spread disinformation.

Checkdesk Sources will bring powerful source-level markup tools designed to counter the impact of propaganda and misinformation online. We will combine research, human-centered design methods, computational linguistics and open source development to bring this tool to journalists and transparency advocates working in repressive environments.

Building from the existing, broader support Checkdesk provides for verifying reports and links, Checkdesk Sources will be a flexible open-source toolkit for conducting source-level verification for eyewitness media. The product will allow professional and citizen journalists alike to annotate sources with confidence levels based on their online track records and articulate the steps they took to reach their conclusions. Importantly, we intend to leverage the power of the Checkdesk network, allowing users to quickly check whether the source of the material they’ve just retweeted has been flagged as a sockpuppet by someone else within the network.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2016 $327,054 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $327,054

Addressed problems

  • Pro-government manipulation of online discussions (propaganda, imitation content, and/or sockpuppets)

Objective(s)

  • Research
  • Technology development

Beneficiaries

  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs

Region(s)

  • Global

Technology attributes

  • Web application