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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 06:56 AM

 

The Mozilla Information Trust Initiative: Building a movement to fight misinformation online

Today, we are announcing the Mozilla Information Trust Initiative (MITI)—a comprehensive effort to keep the Internet credible and healthy. Mozilla is developing products, research, and communities to battle information pollution and so-called ‘fake news’ online. And we’re seeking partners and allies to help us do so.

The impact of misinformation on our society is one of the most divisive, fraught, and important topics of our day. Misinformation depletes transparency and sows discord, erodes participation and trust, and saps the web’s public benefit. In short: it makes the Internet less healthy. As a result, the Internet’s ability to power democratic society suffers greatly.

Why Mozilla? The spread of misinformation violates nearly every tenet of the Mozilla Manifesto, our guiding doctrine. Mozilla has a long history of putting community and principles first, and devoting resources to urgent issues—our Firefox browser is just one example. Mozilla is committed to building tolerance rather than hate, and building technology that can protect individuals and the web.

So we’re drawing on the unique depth and breadth of the Mozilla Network—from journalists and technologists to policymakers and scientists—to build functional products, research, and community-based solutions.

https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/08/08/mozilla-information-trust-initiative-building-movement-fight-misinformation-online/

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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 08:30 AM

1. I wish them well, I really do, but...

...I'm a skeptic regarding the impact of online misinformation on our present state of politics and governance. It's been my experience that people have a pretty keen nose for bullshit. The reason that people bought into so much of the dreck flowing through the system is that they had a visceral hatred of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and the bad info just reinforced their prejudices.

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