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New browser red-flags disputed facts on the web

Posted By admin On August 30, 2009 @ 1:22 pm In Science & Technology | Comments Disabled

James Keller
The Canadian Press
August 30, 2009

Editor’s note: Apparently multinational corporations and governments will decide what information on the internet is “questionable.”

[efoods]Developers of new web browsing software that flags questionable claims or outright lies on the web hope it will become a valuable tool to deal with the misinformation that litters the Internet.

But observers say Dispute Finder, an experimental browser extension developed by Intel, and the many websites that already aim to debunk online rumours and falsehoods face an enormous task. It isn’t as easy as simply telling someone they’re wrong.

Once installed, Dispute Finder highlights in red what it determines are disputed claims on websites, then offers users links to alternative points of view and evidence to back them up.

“It’s important to be aware when something you’re reading is not the only opinion, when there is another point of view worth paying attention to,” says California-based Intel researcher Rob Ennals.

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