Zeynep Tufekci: “The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes”

February 18, 2019

In her most recent column in Wired, UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci discusses how the loss of credibility in the online era has created a need for digital verification by means of cryptographic digital signing or blockchain databases.

 “When it’s impossible to distinguish facts from fraud, actual facts lose their power," she writes. Dissidents can end up putting their lives on the line to post a picture documenting wrongdoing only to be faced with an endless stream of deliberately misleading claims: that the picture was taken 10 years ago, that it’s from somewhere else, that it’s been doctored."

Read the full article at https://www.wired.com/story/zeynep-tufekci-facts-fake-news-verification/