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?
- Connie Moon Sehat, Research Community Lead
- Dwight Knell, Program Lead
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.
We value a diverse and inclusive membership and encourage broad participation. We especially invite individuals from historically underrepresented communities in technology and journalism to join our efforts, including women, people of color, people with disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQ.
Founding members of the coalition include the following individuals:
- Nate Angell Hypothesis
- Scott Appling Georgia Institute of Technology
- Ed Bice Meedan
- Robyn Caplan Data & Society Research Institute
- Renee DiResta Data for Democracy
- Dan Froomkin Independent journalist
- Dhruv Ghulati Factmata
- Vinny Green Snopes.com
- Nat Gyenes Berkman Klein Center
- Scott Hale University of Oxford
- Sandro Hawke W3C, MIT
- David Karger MIT CSAIL
- Jennifer 8. Lee Hacks/Hackers
- Tanu Mitra Virginia Tech
- Stuart Myles Associated Press
- Aviv Ovadya University of Michigan School of Information
- Karim Ratib Meedan
- Martin Robbins Factmata
- Evan Sandhaus The New York Times
- Connie Moon Sehat Global Voices
- Heather Staines Hypothesis
- Sara-Jayne Terp AppNexus
- Jon Udell Hypothesis
- Rick Weiss AAAS SciLine
- Dan Whaley Hypothesis
- Emmanuel Vincent Climate Feedback
- Amy X. Zhang MIT CSAIL