Some highlights of the conference:
* Eleven demos of past and current projects. Technologists and computer scientists showed off projects they’ve been developing to either automate fact-checking or improve the flow of accurate information on the internet.
Topics included new tools such as Chequeabot, an automated service that detects factual claims for the Argentinian fact-checker Chequeado; the Bad Idea Factory’s update of the Truth Goggles tool; and the perils of misinformation, including a real-life example from Penn State professor S. Shyam Sundar, whose research project about fake news was inaccurately described in widespread news coverage.
* Two Q&A panels. Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network, led a discussion with three fact-checkers about the potential tools and processes that could make fact-checking more efficient in the future.
Reporters’ Lab co-director Bill Adair moderated a conversation about challenges in automated fact-checking, including the pitfalls of voice-to-text technology and natural language processing.
Attendees also participated in breakout sessions to discuss ways to develop international standards and consistent terminology.