The DRC works actively to assess the trustworthiness of articles and to build a trusted base of knowledge. Our members benefit from the common efforts, because it enables all of them to consume trustworthy information. Further, consumers who have access to our trust assessments can use our technology to avoid consuming toxic disinformation. We welcome active and passive members. Active members assess information and build shared knowledge. Passive members enjoy the consumption of trustworthy information and avoid the toxic effects of consuming lies.
The DRC is the premier Community of Trust built atop the platform created by Trusted Origins Corp. (TOC). TOC is a California Public Benefits corporation dedicated to removing toxic information from the Internet. The approach pioneered by TOC relies upon authenticating human members who commit to honesty and civility in their communications. Honesty, as prescribed by the Endorser’s Checklist, requires authors to distinguish between facts and opinions, eschew lies or other misrepresentations, and avoid bias that arises from conflicts of interest. Civility, as defined by the Code of Conduct, requires that members communicate civilly. That code forbids bullying and hate speech, among other objectionable behaviors. Each Community of Trust hosted on the TOC platform is self-governing, including a Governor and an Advisory Board. The Community pays a portion of its revenues (currently 30%) to the platform provider for its technology and services, but retains the rest (currently 70%) to cover its own costs and pursue its own aims.
Yes, thankfully, we are standing on the shoulders of giants. Some organizations, such as the European Union strategic program on disinformation, have focused on exposing Russian lies and disinformation campaigns for years. They provide quality assessments, and we gratefully import their trust assessments. Many organizations engage in fact checking other sources, and we also incorporate their trust signals where possible. Hundreds of professionals and academics investigate mechanisms and products of disinformation campaigns. We hope they will all become members of the DRC. We would very much like to see the DRC become the common global community of people actively working to rid the world of disinformation.
The Internet is a vast space with many cesspools of toxic information. We aim to exposes as much of it as possible for our members to assess and blacklist, as appropriate. We focus initially on articles with URIs that our members identify or that appear in search results. Any member can endorse or challenge any article by assessing the content using our Checklists. Once a member assesses the article’s trustworthiness, the Trusted or Distrusted status determines how that article appears to all other members or consumers using technology to filter content based on trust signals. Over time, we hope to interest operators of other platforms and walled gardens to incorporate our trust signals and filtered viewing as well.
Yes. Members can author their own trusted articles, termed Pearls. Every member endorses as Trusted any Pearls they compose for the community.
We work collectively to fight information pollution on the Internet. We focus on disinformation campaigns typically funded and orchestrated by miscreants for financial or political purposes. Our members have “skin in the game,” staking their membership and reputations on being honest and civil. We authenticate members as identified humans and then hold them accountable for adhering to community behavior standards. We block bots, who cannot authenticate as identified humans, and our members call out trolls, shills and bullies when they violate those standards. Our members challenge articles that fail fact checks or exhibit bullying and hate speech. When those challenges are affirmed by our adjudicators, the authors and publications are penalized as in FIFA football, receiving a warning, yellow card or red card. Two yellow cards or one red card means the community banishes the author or publication. Once banished from the community, the miscreants join a backlist used to warn readers that those sources are Distrusted. . Our members can also endorse the trustworthiness of articles they read, placing them on a whitelist of Trusted articles. Our members can search for content on the Internet and rely on these trustworthiness assessments to highlight or filter out articles based on their trustworthiness assessments. We provide ways for members to import trustworthiness assessments from other providers and to employ those in filtering too.
Members can create all of the following types of content, in addition to Pearls:
- Comment: factual and civil feedback on articles and other content.
- Nugget: a Trusted evidence-based factual claim, along with an optional Distrusted sham claim.
- Endorsement: an assessment of Trusted for some previously unassessed article.
- Challenge: an evidence-based argument that a Trusted or Unassessed article should be Distrusted or that a current assessment of Trusted should be changed to Distrusted.
- Conjecture: An interesting or important claim that needs assessment.
- Gem: A pointer to a Trusted article that answers important questions.
- Jewel: A set of questions each answered by a Nugget’s factual claim.
Members of the DRC find and assess important information that should be Distrusted or Trusted. The DRC enables consumers to block Distrusted from view so they are not adversely affected by disinformation.
Members can contribute knowledge, assess information, UP Vote or DOWN Vote Conjectures and Wishes, and collaborate with other Trusted members. On arrival, members immediately inspect NEW search results matching their specific Watchlist queries and avoid continually re-reading OLD articles. Each member can specify trustworthiness assessments in My Own Filter that supersede assessments by others.
The DRC TrustedSearchTM function automatically blocks questionable content, specifically presenting only Trusted articles from the Internet or the DRC Knowledge Bank. This makes the DRC site the safest, best source for Trusted Content on the Internet. In some cases, you might want to see Unassessed or even Distrusted articles. To do that, you choose Advanced Search and then specify which content to SHOW or BLOCK and which Filters to employ for trustworthiness assessments.
Our KB contains refined and Trusted knowledge of several types:
- Pearls are short essays
- Nuggets contain Facts and their evidence
- Gems identify Trusted articles that answer key questions
- Jewels link key questions to the Facts that answer them
Members can formulate Conjectures they want other members to assess.
- Become an active member of the DRC:
- Challenge false, misleading, or biased information as Distrusted
- Endorse credible and evidence-based information as Trusted
- Up vote unassessed articles and Conjectures you find important
- Contribute to our Knowledge Bank and share it
- Model safe behaviors for producing and sharing information:
- Avoid reading and reproducing Distrusted information
- Carefully assess information before endorsing it as Trusted
- Learn and communicate the dangers of disinformation
The DRC charges annual dues to its members. We expect dues to cover operating expenses. We offer TrustedSearch and other functions at no cost to visiting consumers. In the future, we may permit Trusted advertisers to present honest and civil ads to our members, although we will never sell data about users unless they explicitly opt in. We anticipate offering premium services to our members for additional fees. The DRC pays a portion of its revenues to Trusted Origins Corp. for hosting our Community of Trust.
Our TrustedSearch service obtains Internet content via use of an embedded commercial search engine that provides high-quality results in response to queries. We then apply all selected Filters to the search results to provide trustworthiness assessments. We may change the embedded search engine from time to time to obtain better quality results or improve efficiency. At present, we employ Azure Cognitive Services to process Internet queries.