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Mining Knowledge from the Internet
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Mining for gems of knowledge

We created the Disinformation Resistance Community so citizens could actively participate in cleaning up the Internet.  The Internet has become polluted principally by widespread and well-funded disinformation campaigns. The major polluters comprise powerful people, organizations, and governments, often with plenty of resources and always with an agenda. Most of the Internet rewards effective influencers with plenty of attention and social media reinforcement. Even well-intentioned honest readers will forward bogus articles because they find them interesting or topical.  Promoters of “Internet literacy” education hope that we can teach everyone to sniff out deceit and misinformation. That seems unlikely, if not dangerously naive.  

We approach the problem differently, viewing the Internet as a vast unassessed sphere of information and claims. If we want to inhabit that sphere and avoid toxic effects of pollution, we need a collective effort to assess that content. Which of it should be Trusted, and which of it should be Distrusted?  Our hope is that this community can make rapid progress on moving important content from its Unassessed status, disposing of the Distrusted and promoting the Trusted.  

We find the metaphor of mining apt for this situation.  The Earth presents a vast area of potentially valuable resources, but we must choose where to look and adopt effective techniques for assaying what we dig up.  The same applies to our search for trustworthy information. We expect Trusted members, who risk their own reputations and commit to honesty and civility, to mine and assess knowledge.  Collectively, we want to sort important information into Trusted vs Distrusted, where possible. While news and social media are flooded with Distrusted content, we hope that our members can avoid consuming that toxic content. We want our members to mine and endorse Trusted information, especially when the community finds the specifics important.

So our members mine for Trusted Articles, Nuggets and Gems,  and they can refine these into Pearls and Jewels. When members find well supported trustworthy Articles on the Internet, they can Endorse them as Trusted so all community members can also trust them. When members discover a valid statement or a bogus claim, they can identify a corresponding Fact or Sham.  Those in turn give rise to a Nugget that justifies the Fact and refutes the Sham.  Members can use these Trusted Nuggets to justify other claims or challenges.  Each Nugget makes a Claim and essentially represents one elementary unit of knowledge. Each unit of knowledge answers a related question.

When our members read important Articles, they often recognize that the Articles provide valued answers to questions that many people might have.  In these circumstances, the members can elucidate those questions and endorse the source Article as a Trusted source for answering those questions. Members do this by creating Gems.  Each Gem lists a set of questions and cites a Trusted Article that answers those questions. This allows other members to search for Trusted answers to questions. We rely on human intelligence and natural language to create and process that information. 

When it seems important, a member can refine and polish a Gem so that it provides trusted Facts as answers to all questions.  In that case, each question cites a specific Nugget whose Claim answers the question. We call these refined, polished objects Jewels

We also encourage our members to author Trusted articles themselves. The author Endorses the self-published Article as Trusted, affirming that the writer has satisfied the Checklist for Endorsement. We label these publications Pearls, because they represent honest, civil, and Trusted units of human knowledge.  We expect many journalists and researchers to publish Pearls.  We do not allow general blog posts, but we encourage publishing Pearls.

Join our Movement to Build a Trusted Internet
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Members of the Disinformation Resistance Community (DRC), all authenticated humans, commit to honest and civil discourse. Members Challenge dishonest or uncivil articles and other objects. Community adjudicators evaluate these challenges and, as appropriate, penalize Members who violate Community standards. Serious or repeated violations lead to loss of membership. As a result we eliminate bots, trolls, shills and bullies who collectively produce most of the toxic information that pollutes civilization today.

Our Community members assess the trustworthiness of articles on the Internet. We allow readers to block Distrusted articles from view, preventing harm caused by consuming falsehoods.  We also import “trust signals” from other reputable sources, and we allow our members to employ those assessments in filtering as well.  We hope to bring all valuable trust signals together, in one place, so that users can precisely filter what they wish to block.  This would enable all readers to avoid toxic information pollution from the Internet. 

Our members also contribute Trusted units to our Knowledge Bank.  These units help readers quickly find reliable answers to their questions. We hope you will contribute to the Knowledge Bank so we can collectively rebuild Internet knowledge on a foundation of trustworthiness. 

Many people around the world want to fight the torrent of disinformation, fake news, fabricated scandals, and hate speech that have ruined the Internet.  In short, we’d all like the Internet to offer a Trusted  space for knowledge and discussion.  A Trusted Internet, in others words, must exclude all  bots, trolls, shills and bullies.  By uniting the efforts of all who resist disinformation, we can create a safe space for knowledge and discourse inhabited by honest and civil people. 

Please join our movement to build that safe, trusted place.  Become an active member of the DRC today!

Trustworthiness, Rather Than Truth, Powers Knowledge Sharing
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If you set out to eliminate information pollution, you focus initially on falsehoods, such as those promoted by Russian disinformation campaigns or lying politicians.  Their lies seem so big and harmful, you react strongly.  When we try to rid the Internet of lies, we must answer the key question, “Which claims are true, and which are false?”  This leads directly to the question, “How can we assess truth?”  Philosophers through the ages have struggled with that question, and for the last two centuries scientists have wrestled with the same one.

We believe the key to cleaning up the Internet is to banish liars and the misinformation they spew.  This enables us to create a Community of Trust comprising members who confirm their identity and  commit themselves to honest and civil discourse. All such members are mutually Trusted. Members must behave appropriately to remain Trusted, and those who become Distrusted forfeit membership and trustworthinessMembers of a Community of Trust act first as toxin spotters, identifying bogus claims and those who produce misinformation. When such producers publish debunked claims, false narratives, and unsubstantiated claims, our members challenge them with evidence. Sustained challenges lead to the Community assessing the bogus information and its producer as Distrusted.  

We focus on trustworthiness rather than Truth.  Our collective knowledge should represent the best grounded understanding of reality. Any such understanding does not constitute Truth, because all knowledge evolves with improved observations and information. Truth is an ideal, never to be fully reached.

If we can trust those we communicate with, it means we should assume they strive to communicate honestly and civilly.  The Community as a whole will share observations, information and knowledge actively and generously. This should make learning and progress very efficient, as members no longer have to protect themselves by actively assessing each article and producer. Moreover, our members can automatically filter Distrusted information from their streams and sources, saving time and energy, as well as reducing predictable negative effects of consuming misinformation. 

Truth is an unreachable ideal. Trusted communication is a practical alternative that enables an entire Community of Trust to thrive in an environment free of lies and deceptions. As new observations or data stimulate reconsideration of formerly Trusted positions, shared knowledge necessarily evolves. The Community as a whole benefits from the honest acceptance of new evidence.  When a Community needs knowledge, it can progress most quickly by sharing Trusted information from Trusted sources. Trustworthiness powers human progress.