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IFCN Talks #7 Lessons of Squash, Duke’s groundbreaking automated fact-checking platform

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

Jun 23, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Bill Adair
Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy @Duke University
Bill Adair is the Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, where he has led the Tech & Check Cooperative, a multi-year effort to automate fact-checking. He is the founder of PolitiFact and the co-founder of the International Fact-Checking Networking. He is writing a book about lying in politics.
Christopher Guess
Computer Scientist and Journalist & the Lead Technologist @Duke Reporters’ Lab.
Christopher Guess is a computer scientist and journalist and the lead technologist of the Reporters’ Lab. He has held a Knight International Journalism Fellowship with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project working on computational investigative journalism in the former Soviet states as well as a fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri designing better systems of digital news delivery. He is based in New York City.
Erica Ryan
Project Manager @Duke Reporters' Lab
Erica Ryan is a project manager for the Duke Reporters' Lab, working on the Tech & Check automated fact-checking project, the FactStream app and more. She formerly worked as an editorial project manager for U.S. News & World Report, a digital news editor for NPR and as an editor and reporter for The Associated Press.