As the world migrated from analog to digital, we lost some of the signals we used to rely on as proxies for trustworthiness. For multiple decades now, educators and others have considered how to teach youth, if not all of us, what to look for in a reliable source of information. Technology rapidly shifts the ground from underneath us, so that new sources gain prominence on each new social media platform, often at the expense of attention to time-tested sources. This isn't always a bad thing, but still, some groups are considering how we might bring trustmarks like the USDA's Organic label into the digital realm. The theory is that a certifying board could approve or reject certain actors, allowing citizens to know at a single glance whether if they can trust a product or service with the mark.

Beta Blocks

Exploring new approaches for community-led innovation in public spaces.

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Boston’s Smart Streets page

City page covers which tracking technologies are in place, why, and what they mean for privacy

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Digital Transparency in the Public Realm

This project seeks to facilitate the co-creation of prototypes that can advance digital transparency and enable agency in the world's public spaces.


The Fairwork Foundation is a project that is working to set and measure standards in the platform economy.

Global Disinformation Index

We have designed a neutral, independent and transparent index to assess news websites on their risk of carrying disinformation.

IoT Trustmark

The Trustable Technology mark empowers consumers to make informed decisions & enables companies to prove their connected devices are trustworthy.

News Provenance Project (NPP)

Partnership between NYT, Twitter, and others to fight misinformation by labeling information with its source

Openly Operated

The free transparency certification

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