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Hi Everyone,

Much has happened in the past three months surrounding the debate over fake news so we put together a timeline of key moments and published articles. Please share the timeline and let us know if we've missed anything.

Last week, we welcomed Claire Wardle aboard to the full-time team. Claire is one of the founding partners at First Draft and is a leader in the field of social media verification. She explains in this post how she will build a research agenda and establish First Draft as a non-profit in the US.

We also launched our second handbook A Journalist’s Guide to Copyright Law and Eyewitness Media by Sam Dubberley. The report gives readers an understanding of how copyright laws apply to photographs and videos captured at the scene of a news event and highlights some of the pitfalls news organisations should avoid when looking to use this eyewitness media in their reporting. Sam also looks at six countries — U.K., U.S., Germany, France, Finland and Australia — and discusses the unique challenges that apply to each jurisdiction with senior executives and editors.

This week, we will have the final of three Partner Network meetings in San Francisco. The meetings are designed to bring partners together to discuss which challenges to prioritize, and to agree to make concrete actions in 2017. The two meetings so far have included representatives from technology companies, newsrooms, human rights organizations and fact-checking sites from around the globe.
Three Must Reads
Le Monde is building a hoax-busting database that includes information on fake and verified websites and trusted sources that readers can access using web browser extensions. It is also exploring an automated hoax-spotting search-engine funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative.

Reuters has built Reuters News Tracer, which detects breaking news events on Twitter. To verify posts, an algorithm assigns scores based on 40 factors like accounts that are verified, number of followers, posts with images and links, etc. “Amazingly enough, a Tweet that is entirely in capital letters is less likely to be true,” said Reg Chua, executive editor of data and innovation at Reuters.

Adrian Chen writes in The New Yorker that "the story of PropOrNot...combines two of the most popular technological villains of post-election analysis—fake news and Russian subterfuge—into a single tantalizing package. Like the most effective Russian propaganda, the report weaved together truth and misinformation."

After our Partner Network meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, we will publish our action plan for 2017.

Have a great week,
First Draft Team
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