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With commercial, media and university partners, we support research, curriculum development, and new forms of digital storytelling.

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05/03/2021

We are live! Book Talk and Webinar: Keep Calm and Log On with author @gusandrews

09/28/2020
Conversation: 3 Independent, Innovative & Feminist Newsrooms Champion Access to Information

Conversation: 3 Independent, Innovative & Feminist Newsrooms Champion Access to Information

A Check Global Network Event!

To observe the International Day for Universal Access to Information on September 28, Meedan is hosting an online event bringing together three independent media organisations ensuring editorial independence, plurality and diversity in their newsrooms while working in challenging regions and contexts. Join us in conversation with the women leading these organisations — Nora Younis (Al Manassa in Egypt), Maria Vitoria Ramos (Fiquem Sabendo in Brazil), and Disha Mullick (Khabar Lahariya in India).

This event is part of the Check Global Network’s series ‘Women, Media and the Pandemic’. Launched on May 5, 2020, Check Global Network members are currently located in the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Western Sahara, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Mexico. As a community of independent media, technology and human rights groups, the Check Global Network plans to meet regularly to discuss solutions to challenges, to design collaborative projects and to respond proactively to the needs of partners in emerging economies. For more information about joining the network, please write to us at [email protected] with a statement of interest.

09/28/2020

We are live! Book Talk and Webinar: Keep Calm and Log On with author @gusandrews

09/03/2020
Book Talk: How to Handle a Crowd with author Anika Gupta

Book Talk: How to Handle a Crowd with author Anika Gupta

Don’t read the comments. Old advice, yet more relevant than ever. The tools we once hailed for their power to connect people and spark creativity can also be hotbeds of hate, harassment, and political division. Platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are under fire for either too much or too little moderation. Creating and maintaining healthy online communities isn’t easy.

Over the course of two years of graduate research at MIT, former tech journalist and current product manager Anika Gupta interviewed moderators who’d worked on the sidelines of gamer forums and in the quagmires of online news comments sections. She’s spoken with professional and volunteer moderators for communities like Pantsuit Nation, Nextdoor, World of Warcraft guilds, Reddit, and FetLife.

How to Handle a Crowd is the perfect book for anyone looking to take their small community group to the next level, start a career in online moderation, or tackle their own business’s comments section.

09/03/2020

We are live! Book Talk and Webinar: Keep Calm and Log On with author @gusandrews

07/23/2020
Book Talk and Webinar: Keep Calm and Log On with author Gus Andrews

Book Talk and Webinar: Keep Calm and Log On with author Gus Andrews

Feeling overwhelmed by an avalanche of online content? Anxious about identity theft? Unsettled by the proliferation of fake news? Welcome to the digital revolution. Wait—wasn't the digital revolution supposed to make our lives better? It was going to be fun and put the world at our fingertips. What happened? Keep Calm and Log On is a survival handbook that will help you achieve online mindfulness and overcome online helplessness—the feeling that tech is out of your control—with tips for handling cybersecurity, creepy ads, untrustworthy information, and much more.

07/23/2020

We are live! Book Talk and Webinar: Keep Calm and Log On with author @gusandrews

07/02/2020

Arizona and the Pandemic: Dr. Saskia Popescu and Dr. Seema Yasmin talk COVID-19

06/26/2020
Reporting Barriers During COVID-19 with Maria Ressa

Free flow of reliable and independent information is absolutely critical to public health and accountability. However, with several restrictions imposed on media across different regions, people have limited access to independent information, and few spaces to dialogue and discuss the adequacy of measures being taken by their governments to contain the pandemic. This challenge is taking place amid a backdrop of an incredibly complex and evolving information environment, in which journalists and fact-checkers are expected to distill complicated research on epidemiology and infectious disease.

People need news and information they can trust. Instead of making this available, governments are censoring news, curbing the free flow of information and scrutinizing voices that seek accountability.

In order to analyze and discuss potential solutions to the current misinfodemic,

Meedan hosted an online event on June 18, 2020 entitled, ‘Reporting Barriers During COVID-19. The session had veteran journalist and co-founder of Rappler, Maria Ressa in conversation with Dima Saber.

Maria has been leading the fight for freedom of press in the Philippines. For her courage and work on disinformation, Maria was named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, was among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019, and has also been named one of Time’s Most Influential Women of the Century.

Meedan and Check Global Network: https://meedan.com
COVID Fact Check Database: https://learnaboutcovid19.org/
Rappler: https://rappler.com

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06/18/2020

Meedan's cover photo

Much of the deepfake discussion in 2019 focused lagely on the content of synthetic media — what the media shows, how to ...
05/13/2020
Textfakes, Deepfakes, and the Power of Context

Much of the deepfake discussion in 2019 focused lagely on the content of synthetic media — what the media shows, how to detect it, what it might say, how it might mislead. Cheap fakes and text fakes floating around private messaging apps and public social media are, alternatively, a reminder of the importance of the context of media — the mental state of the recipient, the narrative discourse in media and the general public, the relationship between the person sending the message and the person(s) receiving it, the political situation in the region, and a variety of other factors that influence how we interpret a piece of content, whether it’s a piece of text or a fully-manipulated video.

“I’m going to the grocery store asap,” my friend texted me a few weeks ago, at the peak of the confusion around COVID-19 in the US. He’d heard word from

We were thrilled to hear that the focus of Tech & Check this year would be on projects matching speakers’ claims with pr...
04/27/2020
Image and claim matching for fact-checkers: A report from #TechAndCheck 2020

We were thrilled to hear that the focus of Tech & Check this year would be on projects matching speakers’ claims with previously published fact-checks and other related text and image matching efforts in service of fact-checking. Just as we didn’t anticipate that our main technical focus would be the subject of this year’s gathering, we didn’t suspect that our respective planned travel from the UK and Brazil for this year’s Tech & Check would be replaced with an opening night mixer via Zoom due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 crisis around the world. Regardless of the global pandemic, on April 3rd, journalists, engineers, computer scientists and other professionals met virtually to watch a few demos and discuss claim matching in the context of fact-checking.

https://meedan.com/blog/tech-and-check-2020/

We were thrilled to hear that the focus of Tech & Check this year would be on projects matching speakers’ claims with previously published fact-checks and other related text and

In an attempt to support independent media, fact-checkers, citizen journalists, activists, and technology and digital li...
04/14/2020

In an attempt to support independent media, fact-checkers, citizen journalists, activists, and technology and digital literacy enthusiasts in their efforts to cover the outbreak, Meedan is launching the COVID-19 Microgrants by Check Global, specifically aimed at groups working within the context of emerging economies (North Africa/West Asia (NAWA), Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific region).

We are accepting proposals in English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese at the moment. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

https://meedan.com/blog/new-microgrants-for-covid-19-media-work-in-emerging-economies/

During 2019, as we grew our Check Global program with the generous support of the Swedish International Development Agen...
03/27/2020
Meet Our Regional Program Managers, APAC, Latin America and Africa

During 2019, as we grew our Check Global program with the generous support of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Meedan expanded its partnership footprint to Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Shalini Joshi, Isabella Barroso, and Wafaa Heikal make our all-women superstar, program leads team working with newsrooms, fact-checkers, feminist networks and academic groups across three continents.

During 2019, as we grew our Check Global program with the generous support of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Meedan expanded its partnership footprint to Africa, Asia Pacific and

01/28/2020
Health Analytics Asia

Watch our very own Scott Hale, Meedan's Director of Research talking about our work in news verification and countering health misinformation and pressing on the importance of collobration to tackle such issues.

“The world today has more internet users than people with access to essential health services,” says Dr Scott Hale of
Meedan. He discussed the role of technology to identify & combat medical misinformation.
https://bit.ly/2RyC9cU

12/11/2019
Digital Health Lab

The world now has more internet users than people with access to essential health services such as primary care, dental care, or surgery. As the ease of online connectivity increases, we should expect more and more individuals to use online content as a primary source of sometimes critical health information. With limited availability of in-person health providers or services for certain health conditions, the internet plays a crucial role in mediating access to health - and fact-checking is increasingly a part of that conversation. Strengthening the infrastructure and resources that fact-checkers need to adequately address high risk, low-quality health content must be a priority.

Meedan’s Digital Health Lab is an applied research initiative to improve public health through digital innovation, participatory research, and equity-centered design.

12/09/2019
Regulation in Nigeria and Singapore, and tracing European arms

Good morning/afternoon/evening Checklisters around the globe. Megan Marrelli here with your weekly curation of misinformation and digital verification content. We have a busy end of year at Meedan, with several big reports coming out soon, as well as a re-design of our website and this newsletter. Stay tuned for lots of updates in the coming weeks. And as always, don't forget to share The Checklist and let people know they can sign up for the weekly newsletter here, and send any tips you have for great verification-related content to us at @Check. Here is your roundup for this week:
https://tinyletter.com/TheChecklist/letters/regulation-in-nigeria-and-singapore-and-tracing-european-arms

*Good morning/afternoon/evening Checklisters around the globe. Megan Marrelli here with your weekly curation of misinformation and digital verification content. We have a busy end of year at Meedan, w...

Women at the grassroots are playing a major role in peacebuilding and they can be agents for change in the current peace...
12/09/2019

Women at the grassroots are playing a major role in peacebuilding and they can be agents for change in the current peace process in #Yemen. In this report, the Women for Yemen (W4Y) Network investigates and highlights the work of those women, explores the possibilities for them to support peace and how they can do it. The research report is supported through the MENA Investigative Fund

We are proud to announce the publication of our research about the women heroes working for peace at the grassroots. This research is funded by the MENA Investigative Fund. Read the entire report at http://www.women4yemen.org/index.php/en/statements/agents-for-change-women-as-grassroots-peacebuilding-in-yemen

Yemeni Archive - الأرشيف اليمني Meedan

Bringing experience from her role as a senior product owner at ThoughtWorks Brazil, Isabella is now leading Meedan’s pro...
11/29/2019
Introducing Meedan’s new Latin America lead: Isabella Barroso

Bringing experience from her role as a senior product owner at ThoughtWorks Brazil, Isabella is now leading Meedan’s programs in Latin America. The new Program Associate roles at Meedan are part of a global restructuring that formalizes our presence in different parts of the world, including Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Isa is bringing fresh product practices and visions to our users already. Below is a Q&A with Isa by our Program Manager Wafaa Heikal. Welcome Isa!

Bringing experience from her role as a senior product owner at ThoughtWorks Brazil, Isabella is now leading Meedan’s programs in Latin…

Chicas Poderosas
11/29/2019

Chicas Poderosas

Este fin de semana tuvimos nuestra tercera Mediatón del año, #VocesEnAlza en México. 🇲🇽📣✊🏽

Más de 100 mujeres de 17 estados mexicanos – periodistas, diseñadoras, comunicadoras y activistas – se reunieron en el Centro Cultural de España en México durante dos días para aprender, compartir y crear periodísticos colaborativos sobre el abuso contra las mujeres, niñas y adolescentes.

Gracias a Google News Initiative, UNFPA Mexico, Embajada Estados Unidos en México y al Centro Cultural de España en México por el apoyo para hacer este evento posible. A las talleristas Adriana Gallardo de ProPublica; Monica Ramírez; Daniela Ivonne Méndez, Denise Márquez, y Nina López de AJ+ Español; Anaiz Zamora de Luchadoras; y Isabella Barroso de Meedan. A todas las mentoras que se unieron a este proyecto y a todas las poderosas que se sumaron a esta mediatón para alzar sus voces por los derechos de las mujeres ✨

11/25/2019
Montage

Malachy Browne, senior story producer on the Visual Investigations team at The New York Times speaking about his favorite visual investigative tools, mentioning Meedan's video annotation platform: Montage
https://montage.meedan.com/
“Montage is an advanced YouTube search. It allows you to search by date, and also by place if you want. it also allows you to collect videos into projects and to comment and put tags on them, and at at specific moments in the videos as well. It allows you to organize YouTube content and zoom in on the details as a team. And that’s quite useful, especially if you’re doing historical investigations; so much content from the Arab Spring, for instance, is uploaded onto YouTube."
https://gijn.org/2019/11/25/my-favorite-tools-malachy-browne/

In September and October 2019, Meedan worked with several media organisations in Tunisia on two election initiatives. Tu...
11/12/2019
Meedan in Tunisia: Verifying free elections in the Arab World

In September and October 2019, Meedan worked with several media organisations in Tunisia on two election initiatives. Tunisia held its second democratic presidential and legislative elections since the 2010 Arab Spring, which originated in Tunisia. Fourteen journalists used Check during the elections to:
- Live fact-check four presidential debates involving 25 candidates
- Monitor elections news electronically
- Verify information and claims from the campaigns and during election days.

Meedan introduced Check to several media organisations who ran fact-checking missions during the Tunisian elections in 2019

The Checklist: Why is YouTube Erasing History?
10/24/2019
The Checklist: Why is YouTube Erasing History?

The Checklist: Why is YouTube Erasing History?

Share The Checklist and let people know they can sign up for the weekly newsletter here , and send any tips you have for great verification-related content to us at...

In #TheChecklist this week:Meedan's team members Tom Trewinnard and Megan Marrelli are attending #ONA19, please come say...
09/13/2019
Fact-checking the Tunisian Elections // ONA19 // Source Hacking

In #TheChecklist this week:

Meedan's team members Tom Trewinnard and Megan Marrelli are attending #ONA19, please come say hi and talk about Check.
1. L'organisation Meedan collabore avec L'Economiste Maghrébin pour un projet de fact-checking

2. SOURCE HACKING: MEDIA MANIPULATION IN PRACTICE Data & Society Research Institute

3. Facebook Took Down A Fact-Check Of An Anti-Abortion Video After Republicans Complained BuzzFeed News

4. A third of misleading posts about #Kashmir come from Pakistan, say Indian fact-checkers Poynter

5. The Alarming Consumption of Fake News in South Sudan Defy Hate Now

6. Think before you share! Old, misleading videos said to be of xenophobic violence in SA are going viral Africa Check

7. تحقيق استقصائي: الحقيقة غائبة عن انفجار مستودع الحوثيين في سعوان
أرشيف اليمن

Share The Checklist and let people know they can sign up for the weekly newsletter here , and send any tips you have for great verification-related content to us at...

L'Economiste Maghrébin
09/12/2019
L'Economiste Maghrébin

L'Economiste Maghrébin

L'organisation Meedan collabore avec L'Economiste Maghrébin pour un projet de #factChecking

L'Economiste Maghrébin
09/09/2019

L'Economiste Maghrébin

Pour la 3ème soirée consécutive, L'Economiste Maghrébin fact-check, en direct, les propos des candidats à la Magistrature Suprême. Rendez-vous ce soir, à partir de 21h, ici et sur notre compte Twitter, @EconomisteMagh.
En partenariat avec Meedan.
#FactCheckTNDecides #TnElec19 #TunisiaDecides

Meedan is kicking off a co-working pop-up space in Nairobi for the next 5 days, we are excited to share our expertise wi...
08/26/2019

Meedan is kicking off a co-working pop-up space in Nairobi for the next 5 days, we are excited to share our expertise with civil society organisations in Kenya and learn more about their challenges and success stories #CivilRights #KenyaCensus2019 #technology

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This is an actual transcribed conversation from the CDC to to me and marked as false information It was the CDC giving false information not me. You would think by now the CDC would have the correct answer to questions about Covid 19 ME: CDC, should I get poke if I already had Covid? CDC: “Yes, you should be poked regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.” ME: Oh, okay, we don’t know how long natural immunity lasts. Got it. So, how long does poke-induced immunity last? CDC: “There is still a lot we are learning about COVID-19 pokes and CDC is constantly reviewing evidence and updating guidance. We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who are poked.” ME: Okay … but wait a second. I thought you said the reason I need the poke was because we don’t know how long my natural immunity lasts, but it seems like you’re saying we ALSO don’t know how long poke immunity lasts either. So, how exactly is the poke immunity better than my natural immunity? CDC: … ME: Uh … alright. But, haven’t there been a bunch of studies suggesting that natural immunity could last for years or decades? CDC: Yes. NEWYORKTIMES: “Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study.” ME: Ah. So natural immunity might last longer than poke immunity? CDC: Possibly. You never know. ME: Okay. If I get the poke, does that mean I won’t get sick? BRITAIN: Nope. We are just now entering a seasonal spike and about half of our infections and hospital admissions are poked people. ME: CDC, is this true? Are there a lot of people in the U.S. catching Covid after getting the poke? CDC: We stopped tracking breakthrough cases. We accept voluntary reports of breakthroughs but aren’t out there looking for them. ME: Does that mean that if someone comes in the hospital with Covid, you don’t track them because they’ve been poked? You only track the UN-poked Covid cases? CDC: That’s right. ME: Oh, okay. Hmm. Well, if I can still get sick after I get the poke, how is it helping me? CDC: We never said you wouldn’t get sick. We said it would reduce your chances of serious illness or death. ME: Oh, sorry. Alright, exactly how much does it reduce my chance of serious illness or death. CDC: We don’t know “exactly.” ME: Oh. Then what’s your best estimate for how much risk reduction there is? CDC: We don’t know, okay? Next question. ME: Um, if I’m healthy and don’t want the poke, is there any reason I should get it? CDC: Yes, for the collective. ME: How does the collective benefit from me getting poked? CDC: Because you could spread the virus to someone else who might get sick and die. ME: Can a poked person spread the virus to someone else? CDC: Yes. ME: So if I get poked, I could still spread the virus to someone else? CDC: Yes. ME: But I thought you just said, the REASON I should get poked was to prevent me spreading the virus? How does that make sense if I can still catch Covid and spread it after getting the poke? CDC: Never mind that. The other thing is, if you stay unpoked, there’s a chance the virus could possibly mutate into a strain that escapes the pokes protection, putting all poked people at risk. ME: So the poke stops the virus from mutating? CDC: No. ME: So it can still mutate in poked people? CDC: Yes. ME: This seems confusing. If the poke doesn’t stop mutations, and it doesn’t stop infections, then how does me getting poked help prevent a more deadly strain from evolving to escape the poke? CDC: You aren’t listening, okay? The bottom line is: as long as you are unpoked, you pose a threat to poked people. ME: But what KIND of threat?? CDC: The threat that they could get a serious case of Covid and possibly die. ME: My brain hurts. Didn’t you JUST say that the poke doesn’t keep people from catching Covid, but prevents a serious case or dying? Now it seems like you’re saying poked people can still easily die from Covid even after they got the poke just by running into an unpoked person! Which is it?? CDC: That’s it, we’re hanging up now. ME: Wait! I just want to make sure I understand all this. So, even if I ALREADY had Covid, I should STILL get poked, because we don’t know how long natural immunity lasts, and we also don’t know how long poke immunity lasts. And I should get the poke to keep a poked person from catching Covid from me, but even if I get the poke, I can give it to the poked person anyways. And, the other poked person can still easily catch a serious case of Covid from me and die. Do I have all that right? … ME: Um, hello? Is anyone there?
Hey Friends, Tomorrow 8am PT/11amET we will be hosting a webinar with our board member the remarkable and inspiring Maria Ressa. Our Covid Expert db project team member Seema Yasmin will be moderating the conversation. More details here: https://meedan.com/events/maria-ressa-and-seema-yasmin-in-conversation-reporting-barriers-during-covid/ Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegpj2B3_FjygvEXoZsAxhFyS4Vh1izBQoC0pqtG1nTquCfjA/viewform