How to tackle disinformation with open knowledge? (with Jake Orlowitz, Wiki)
April 25, 2020
In this episode, we connect the dots with open knowledge.
Infodemics is not a new phenomenon. From political campaigns to global pandemics, it can be presented as fake news, 60 / 40 (false and truth) storytelling, disinformation, misinformation and many other forms. And while platforms like Facebook have started to label such content as “pseudoscience”, there are still significant challenges presented by “disinformation” campaigns in scale and technology-driven approaches, including NLP.
Wikipedia stands at the forefront of genuine open knowledge for many years. For instance, under Covid-19 they have created separate articles dedicated to typical fake news, rumors and misinformation, specifically ones which can threaten people’s safety and health.
Today’s conversation with Jake Orlowitz, a veteran of open knowledge, founder of Wikipedia Library. He also spent many years serving across the Wikipedia ecosystem, including Wikimedia Foundation. He believes, that it’s not enough to create and properly protect good information, we also should create mechanisms against bad information.
We talk on the current scope of Wikipedia and editors’ involvement, human curation and NLP, criteria of truth, infodemics, digital citizen concept and much more.
Topics & timeline
Wikipedia in scale (nations, languages & sub wikis)
How does the open-source movement of editors work
Human curation vs NLP
Criteria of truth
How to deal with “bad” and “good” information
How to become a digital citizen
This episode is related to collaborative action, AI and technology.