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posted by n1 on Tuesday August 26 2014, @04:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the most-of-twitter-to-be-flagged dept.

The National Science Foundation is funding the “Truthy” database, intended to detect “false and misleading ideas,” "political smears," and other "social pollution” in online political activity. Researchers at Indiana University have received $919,917 (so far) for this project. The resulting open-source platform will be made publicly available, including via a web service open to the public for "monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes.”

According to the grant, “This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate."

 
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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Random2 on Tuesday August 26 2014, @10:14PM

    by Random2 (669) on Tuesday August 26 2014, @10:14PM (#85943)

    Reposting for the sake of visiblilty:

    Before we jump too far down the fire and pitchforks route, we should determine if this comment is factual and still valid:

    https://pipedot.org/comment/1404886957_ncommander_pipedot_org [pipedot.org] [pipedot.org]

    Specifically the part:

    I don't think the staff (or I) would have any issue if you spooled in our articles directly (obviously, we have to get a license on new content hammered out before you could do that, but that's on our TODO

    If they have worked out some sort of licensing then they may be in the clear, but if not this could be a bit awkward. Remember that Soylent is also a news aggregation at present, and taking articles from other news sites (sometimes verbatim) is a thing that has been done here. That said, I personally consider also grabbing the comments fairly questionable, as aggretators distinguish themselves on content and community, the comments on these articles being the 'community' aspect of Soylent.

    Moreover, I can see how what NCommander? posted as being interpreted to mean "All of the content on our site can be freely posted on your site after we have reached a licensing agreement"; although I believe what he meant was "Once we have started our independent journalism, you may repost those articles (without comments) freely".

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