The Duke Reporters’ Lab is wrapping up its Squash project, which has been one of the most successful automated fact-checking technologies ever developed. During speeches and debates, it automatically detects factual claims, matches them with fact-checks, and puts those fact-checks up on the screen. In many ways, Squash fulfills a dream many people have had about instant fact-checking during live events. But Squash still had (and has) its limitations. There simply aren’t enough fact-checks so we could use it on most politicians; the voice-to-text technology is imperfect, and we still need lots more testing to determine what to display on the screen and how viewers can interact. This session will look at the lessons learned and where automated fact-checking can go from here.
When: Time 10-11 AM ET (GMT-4), June 23rd, 2021
Bill Adair : Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University
Christopher Guess: Computer scientist and journalist & the lead technologist at Reporters’ Lab.
Erica Ryan: Project manager for the Duke Reporters' Lab
Harrison Mantas - Reporter of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter Institute
IFCN Talks is a monthly series of community conversations that will bring together members of the public and the fact-checking community to discuss some of the most prescient topics in the fight against mis/disinformation