Online Journalism | Content, context and code: verifying information online ::common sense w/ technical backup::


In many ways the internet gives us extra tools to verify information… The apparent ‘facelessness’ of the medium is misleading: Every piece of information, and every person, leaves a trail of data that you can use to build a picture of its reliability.

The following is a three-level approach to verification: starting with the content itself, moving on to the context surrounding it; and finishing with the technical information underlying it. Most of the techniques outlined take very little time at all but the key thing is to look for warning signs and follow those up.

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