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First POST: Foundations

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 12 2015

The big ideas from yesterday's NetGain conference; sifting internal Airbnb data for NYC; new tools for civic hackers; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Greased

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 11 2013

Politifact branching out with Punditfact; why you shouldn't "drunk dial" random Members of Congress; why "greasing" IT contracts led to the HealthCare.gov mess; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Sabotage

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The latest explanations for HealthCare.gov's troubled start; why journalists need to reverse engineer algorithms; how fact-checking sites may be improving the behavior of politicians; and much, much more. Read More

It's Like Snopes For Your Inbox

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, November 28 2012

A group of developers have created a tool that uses information from Politifact and Factcheck.org to highlight red flags for forwarded e-mails that contain misinformation. The tool, LazyTruth, is currently only available as a Chrome extension for Gmail, although the developers say they are interested in expanding to other email providers and browsers. Read More

Fact-Checking Sites Are Good for Politics: 'Mostly True' Statement, or 'Pants On Fire?'

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 1 2011

Ben Smith explores political fact-checking, a now decades-old media trend that's found new life — and, Smith writes, new controversy — online: ... despite the superficial respect figures in both parties pay ... Read More

Tapper Teams with PolitiFact to Fact Check "This Week"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 9 2010

A few weeks back NYU's Jay Rosen proposed, after ABC's Jake Tapper asked for suggestions for his tenure as host of "This Week," that the program engage in some fact-checking of their guests. Tapper, it seems, ... Read More

Swiftboating the Stimulus: Did the Internet Really Kill "Rovian" Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 19 2010

A year and a half ago, a few weeks before the presidential election, Google CEO Eric Schmidt made a bold claim about the impact of the internet on our public life: "We are witnessing the end of Rovian politics," he Read More