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Fact cheking to avoid misinformation

ColombiaCheck examines news and confirms if the information shown is truthful or fake

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One of they key questions we need to answer in this opportunity area is "How do we know what information to rely on?". ColombiaCheck is an effective web page asocciated with the International Fact-Checking Network in the #CoronavirusFacts initiative. They are dedicated, as their name states, on checking the new information available through media and classify them as truthful, questionable or a complete lie. They make their own checks with the information colombians are sharing, but they also translate the work of their international colleagues. By doing this, their readers can know which information to rely on and won't fall into panic or uncertainty that comes from misinformation.

While confirming their reliability, they also use information from renowned sources to show facts that support the way they classificate the news.

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Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

Before spreading information you need to check if it's fake or reliable. Knowing of the existance of initiatives like ColombianCheck gives you a tool to verify your information before replying.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

In the course Artificial Intelligence: Design + Art from the Universidad de Los Andes, my group presented this tool to our collegues who found it interesting.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • Word of Mouth

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

Misinformation is traveling al around the world, making people believe and do things they shouldn't. The use of safety equipment, antibacterial or even the detection of COVID-19 are some of the subjects that have been affected with fake news. People need to know the truth, they need to be prepared, know the sympthoms, know you can be asymptomatic, know how to take care. 

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

We should be designing for people who live outside the city, who don't have access to the truthful information that usually stays between wealthier and more privileged and well-educated people. For this, we have to consider the means through which this information will be designed for, understanding what technologies are the ones that could possibly be owned by us all.

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