Verily is an experimental web application designed to rapidly crowdsource the verification of information during humanitarian disasters. It has been featured in Foreign Policy, New Scientist and MIT Technology Review, as well as in a TedX talk on Digital Humanitarians and the TTI Vanguard presentation below. The platform has also been piloted by international news organizations. In addition to rapidly verifying information during crisis events, Verily aims to educate members of the public so they can become better "Digital Detectives". Simply sign up here if you want to know when respected humanitarian organizations need help verifying information.
Verily was introduced in 2013 in a paper by Carlos Castillo (QCRI), Patrick Meier (QCRI), Victor Naroditskiy (Southampton) and Iyad Rahwan (Masdar). A proof-of-concept was developed that year by Dmytro Krasnoshtan, Attila-Peter Toth, and Abdulfatai Popoola.
Design and development of the actual platform started in 2014 spearheaded by Enrico Costanza and Victor Naroditskiy at the University of Southampton, thanks to the enthusiasm, technical expertise and relentless work of Luis Arenal Mijares, Alex Greenland and Dimitrios Papamilios, who at the time were students of the Web Technology MSc programme.
In July 2014 we ran the first public trial of Verily, thanks to the effort of Justine Mackinnon (QCRI).
Vladimir Hurzhy and Vladimir Akchurin prepare Verily for fact-checking of Russian and Ukrainian news.
Verily is supported, in part, by the ORCHID project.
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