About

We are an interdisciplinary community committed to improving our information ecosystems and media literacy through transparent and collaborative exploration.

The proliferation of misinformation in online news and its amplification by automated feeds and social media are a growing concern.

Many solutions are being attempted, but the misinformation problem is so large that any single effort can only provide partial alleviation. Tackling it successfully will require a holistic approach, with reputation systems, fact-checking, media literacy, revenue models, and public feedback all helping to address the health of the information ecosystem.

Collaborative exploration is key

Together, as a coalition, we are interested in complementing these efforts by establishing ways of engagement, or frameworks, that encourage interdisciplinarity and cooperation. We think that this is key given the complicated nature of the problem.

Rather than jointly deciding whether an article is “credible” or “not credible” or endorsing any single index or evaluation of credibility, the Credibility Coalition fosters the development of frameworks around which credibility that foster the generation of better standards, rigorous research, and thoughtful application around information quality. More about our frameworks can be found here.

Our driving questions

Our efforts are currently directed by three main questions. Our energies are focused on how to:

  • Assess: Can we agree on the indicators for reliable information online?
  • Scale: Does assessment work at both small and large magnitudes?
  • Apply: How can the implementation of credibility standards inform effectively?

Contacts

  • An Xiao Mina, Strategy Lead
  • Connie Moon Sehat, Research Community Lead
  • Dwight Knell, Program Lead

Our History

The Credibility Coalition is an initiative co-founded by Meedan and Hacks/Hackers. We were incubated at the first MisinfoCon in early 2017 and grew under a Knight Prototype Fund Grant focused on improving the flow of accurate information.

We have presented our initiative in a number of international venues to gain feedback and partners; recent examples include the Mozilla Festival 2017, the International Press Telecommunications Council Autumn 2017 Meeting, and The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy.

In March 2018 we announced the support of Google News Lab, the Facebook Journalism Project, Craig Newmark Philanthropies and additional private donors.

The Credibility Coalition was born during a late night creative studio session at MisinfoCon, hosted at the Media MIT Lab.