Da Google 6,5 milioni di dollari per combattere la disinformazione. Finanziati fact-checker e organizzazioni no profit

Google annuncia che metterà a disposizione 6,5 milioni di dollari per finanziare fact-checker e organizzazioni no profit, affinchè possano dotarsi degli strumenti necessari per combattere la disinformazione, con un particolare attenzione sulle informazioni legate al coronavirus.

Tra le iniziative, attraverso Google News Initiative verranno supportate le attività di First Draft, Full Fact e International Fact-Checking Network e altre organizzazioni, verranno creati database specifici per aiutare i giornalisti che lavorano su COVID-19, e verranno avviati progetti di formazione dedicati al riconoscimento delle informazioni attendibili.

Maggiori dettagli nel blogpost internazionale riportato di seguito.

COVID-19: $6.5M to support initiatives fighting misinformation

Health authorities have warned that an overabundance of information can make it harder for people to obtain reliable guidance about the coronavirus pandemic.

Helping the world make sense of this information requires a broad response, involving scientists, journalists, public figures, technology platforms and many others. As part of this effort, Google is providing support to fact-checkers and nonprofits focusing on information quality, as well as building features to surface their work to users in our products.

Supporting fact-checking and verification efforts

We’re providing $6.5 million in funding to fact-checkers and nonprofits fighting misinformation around the world, with an immediate focus on coronavirus.

Collaboration will be a crucial component of journalism’s response to a story as complicated and all-encompassing as COVID-19. For this reason, the Google News Initiative (GNI) is stepping up its support for First Draft. The nonprofit is providing an online resource hub, dedicated training and crisis simulations for reporters covering COVID-19 all over the globe. First Draft is also using its extensive CrossCheck network to help newsrooms respond quickly and address escalating content that is causing confusion and harm. We’re also renewing our support for the collaborative verification project Comprova in Brazil.

Uncertainty and fear make us all more susceptible to inaccurate information, so we’re supporting fact-checkers as they address heightened demand for their work. Full Fact and Maldita.es will coordinate efforts in Europe focused on countries with the most cases (Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the United Kingdom) to amplify experts, share trends, and help reduce the spread of harmful false information. In Germany, CORRECTIV will step up its efforts to engage citizens in the fight against misinformation.

LatamChequea, coordinated by Chequeado, is providing a single hub to highlight the work of 21 fact-checking organizations across 15 countries in the Spanish-speaking world and Latin America. With our support, PolitiFact and Kaiser Health News will expand their health fact-checking partnership to focus on COVID-19 misinformation.

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Increasing access to data, scientific expertise and fact checks

Access to primary expert sources during an evolving public health crisis is both challenging and fundamental for journalists covering the story. To make this easier, we’re providing funding to SciLine, based at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Australian Science Media Centre, creators of Scimex.org. We’re supporting the creation of a database for reporters developed by the journalism technology nonprofit Meedan in partnership with public health experts.

The GNI is also supporting the JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University and Stanford’s Big Local News group to create a global data resource for reporters working on COVID-19. The new project will collate data from around the world and help journalists tell data-driven stories that have impact in their communities.

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) continues to advocate for fact-checkers worldwide; our renewed support will boost their efforts to uphold best practices in the fact-checking field and strengthen collaborative exercises like the CoronavirusFacts Alliance database. In addition, Science Feedback will conduct a network analysis using this database to track the spread of COVID-19 misinformation around the world.

We also want to do more surface fact-checks that address potentially harmful health misinformation more prominently to our users. In the coming weeks, we are aiming to launch a dedicated fact check section in the COVID-19 Google News experience for India and the United States, with more countries to come based on the availability of relevant fact-checks from authoritative sources.

Our online resources are being updated to support the vital work journalists are doing. The GNI Training Center has tools for data journalism and verification in 16 languages, and our global team of Teaching Fellows is delivering workshops entirely online in 10 languages.

Providing insights to fact-checkers, reporters and health authorities

So that reporters can understand and explain how the world is searching for the virus, we’ve made Google Trends data readily available in localized pages with embeddable visualizations.

We want to help fact-checkers and health authorities identify topics that people are searching for and where there might be a gap in the availability of good information online.

Unanswered user questions —such as “what temperature kills coronavirus?”—can provide useful insights to fact-checkers and health authorities about content they may want to produce.

To help, we’re supporting Data Leads in partnership with BOOM Live in India and Africa Check in Nigeria to leverage data from Question Hub.

This builds upon a three-week pilot conducted with First Draft and the WHO; it will be complemented by an effort to train 1,000 journalists across India and Nigeria to spot health misinformation.

Today’s announcement is one of several efforts we’re working on to support those working to cover this pandemic. We look forward to sharing more soon.

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