Interesting article in BBC about a project underway to develop a system that will rate information on the Internet as trustworthy or not.
Considering how quickly we get information from the Net and how easy it is to start crazy rumors, manipulate financial investors, or even cause a near panic, it would be good to know whether the source is legitimate and the information has been validated.
Are we simply getting someone mouthing off on their opinions or what they think may happen or perhaps they are unknowingly spreading false information (misinformation) or even purposely doing it (disinformation)?
Depending how the Internet is being used–someone may be trying to get the real word out to you (e.g. from dissidents in repressive regimes) or they may be manipulating you (e.g. hackers, criminals, or even terrorists).
To have a reliable system that tells us if information being promulgated is good or not could add some credibility and security online.
What if that system though itself is hacked? Then lies can perhaps be “verified” as truth and truth can be discredited as falsehood.
The Internet is dangerous terrain, and as in the life in general, it is best to take a cautious approach to verify source and message.
The next cyber or kinetic attack may start not with someone bringing down the Internet, but rather with using it to sow confusion and disarm the masses with chaos. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)