Citizen Beta #23: statistics, fact checking and data journalism

It’s taken me a couple of days to recover from the brilliant Citizen Beta we’ve just had. So much to process!

We were joined by Andy Dudfield from the Office for National Statistcs, Simon Rogers from Google, John Walton from the BBC, and Lev and I showed off some recent Full Fact work.

The audience was made up of journalists, technologists, civil servants and all round amazing folk.

Citizen Beta #23: statistics, fact checking and data journalism

Crowdsourced Fact checking

In the current climate of information overload the demand for fact checking is increasing. Factcheckers are often small teams that struggle to keep up with the demand. In recent years, new organisations like WikiTribune have suggested crowdsourcing as an attractive and low-cost way for fact checking to scale.

I believe there’s a role for crowdsourced fact checking, but (so far) it’s not fact checking. Here’s my take.

Crowdsourced Fact checking