Welcome to the first Public Editor newsletter!
Public Editor is a new credibility service provider – The Goodly Labs secret weapon in the war on misinformation! It is a simple, crowdsourced tool anyone will be able to use to annotate and verify the accuracy, bias, and quality of the news. We know you are excited to try it. And it is almost ready. Right now, we are looking for volunteers to help us through the next phase of testing. If you – or someone you know – would like to help, come to Public Editor and sign up.
Public Editor works! We have an alpha version up and running. It’s not ready for Prime Time but it’s ready for a select team of concerned citizens to get started annotating articles. Once we have that team, we can start testing the tools, troubleshooting, and taking it to the next level. Click here to see an scored article. (use Chrome and click ‘refresh’ if you don’t see the labels at first)
We need help! Want to do more than sign up to volunteer to annotate? We need all kinds of help. See the ‘Calling All Contributors’ section below for our wish list.
People are taking notice! Public Editor has been getting a lot of attention. The Washington Post did an interview with project lead Nick Adams. And we have been getting lots of engagement on social media. We were best in show at the World Economic Forum event in New York last month where everyone from governments to platforms and newsrooms expressed their excitement to work with Public Editor to solve misinformation. A lot is brewing right now. We can’t tell you all about it just yet! But stay tuned and we will keep you updated.
Why Do Our Relatives Believe Wild Conspiracy Theories?
Your relatives are not completely to blame for the national conversation taking a turn toward the strange.
By Nick Adams, Ph.D.
In the Spotlight
The Public Editor team is a made up of a wonderful team of volunteers, committed employees, contractors, students, researchers, and academics. We want to introduce you to a number of people on the team. And this quarter, we invite you to meet Catharine Wu.
Catharine is well loved on the team as both a manager, keeping all of our work on schedule, and as a designer and engineer leading Public Editors algorithm team and contributing to many of its UX interfaces.
Catharine is a Senior in Applied Mathematics and Data Science at UC Berkeley. She discovered Public Editor when we went looking for undergraduate researchers. We were happy to take her onboard based on her experience, and she has become so devoted to this project – and so essential to us -- that (we hope!) she is planning to stay in Berkeley after she graduates to keep us moving forward.
Catharine’s reports that her family is not entirely thrilled about this. She comes from Jinzhou, China. So, she is a long way from home. “I am the only child in my immediate family and the only girl in my generation. My family is very close. Everyone misses me so much!”
Thank you, Wu family! Catharine is doing very important work here.
"Public Editor helps me hone my critical thinking skills and makes the world a better place while doing it."
-Scott Peterson, Head of the Morrison Library and the Graduate Services Library at UC Berkeley.
"Public Editor is important to society because it provides a human-centric approach to keep our media sources/government in check. We come together as humans with a common goal of receiving the whole truth."
-Alex Popescu, Applied Math and Data Science major at U.C. Berkeley
Calling All Contributors
- Community volunteer leads needed
- We need professors and teachers who want to participate in our National Homework Assignment
- We need donations to help us hire operational support as we scale up
- We need donations of money or assistance to produce training and onboarding videos
We hope to be able to make an announcement about significant funding, so we can do:
- Validation studies
- UX optimizations
- scale up for a national audience and volunteer community
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