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Breaking News: Reinventing the Online News Economy #1

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katiejohnson opened this issue Jun 17, 2019 · 18 comments

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commented Jun 17, 2019

In this challenge, we want you to rewrite the rules on how we experience media online. Content is being presented to us in new ways, faster than we understand the technology behind it, and we continue to not know how to navigate our own understanding of reputation and the accuracy of information. When was the last time you looked at the source material of a news story? We believe there is an opportunity to produce a clearer form of credentialing and signaling.

Web3 is uniquely positioned to create a healthier media landscape through transparency, incentives, identity, and reputation. We leave it to you to design the new conditions for trust in media, and offer the following provocations as a place to get started:

  • How might we create trust in media through transparency in information and media systems?

    • Examples: giving credit to original sources, incentivizing fact-checking and quality, building a curative reputation, and verifiable credentialing from sources, developing a media/information supply chain.
  • How might we incentivize sharing and support of “quality” content?

    • Examples: defining “quality” content in media, rewarding sharing of wholly read content instead of click-bait sharing, developing “sharing” reputation and incentivizing accordingly, incentivizing reading and commenting on work outside the realm of your political environment,
  • How might we track and share identity of an organization, including makeup, motivations, stakeholders, etc, such that a true, robust reputation can emerge over time?

    • Examples: sharing the “source code” of a major news organization, providing “nutrition facts” on the newsroom, showing how a powerful owner/company stakeholder influences (or doesn’t) the news
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commented Jun 21, 2019

Issue Status: 1. Open 2. Started 3. Submitted 4. Done


This issue now has a funding of 24.0 ETH (6939.25 USD @ $289.14/ETH) attached to it as part of the https://github.com/ConsenSys fund.

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commented Jun 22, 2019

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commented Jun 25, 2019

Hey @katiejohnson What would be the deadline for this ?

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commented Jun 25, 2019

Issue Status: 1. Open 2. Started 3. Submitted 4. Done


Work has been started.

These users each claimed they can complete the work by 3 days from now.
Please review their action plans below:

1) alexmasmej has started work.

Fork HumanityDAO and make it about trusted news sources instead

This idea loosely follows the Token-Curated Registry model, where cryptoeconomics/game theory autonomously incentivizes curators to approve "consensus" fact checking websites [https://medium.com/@tokencuratedregistry/the-token-curated-registry-whitepaper-bd2fb29299d6]. We create a governance token and, using cryptoeconomics, tokens holders can stake an application where other participants can vote on in a defined timeframe; which creates a miniature market with its own incentives.

Essentially, people would stake tokens to get a newspaper approved on the list. If it is accepted, it gets added to the list. If not, one loses its stake.

To be defined:

what qualifies a "trusted news source"? I propose we do a simple majority vote, and verify for independent journalism. In practice, any news sources that has 50% or more controversial opinions on it would not make the cut. It is very likely that Breitbart News would not make the cut, for instance. Rational curators would not suggest it, because they will lose their stake. On the other hand, Wall Street Journal or Wired are likely to get approved.

should an application be made by anyone, or specifically the trusted news sources itself? I recommend anyone could to try to lower barriers of entry, at least initially. Ideally, if we can get media's attention, journalists stake their application themselves, because being included would mean a better reputation and more website visitors.

The interest for this is twofold: first, as initial trustworthy famous papers gets added, and the system gets more robust and popular, it diminishes trolls potential room for attack. And it's precisely when major news actors are added that people will start added less established, but factual, newspapers, where getting on the list is actually needed and useful for them to decide whether or not they're trustworthy. WSJ don't need it, but local newspapers might.

The second is that once we have a coherent list of newspaper that are not very controversial, they can start "blockchain" objective facts, by staking their application if the fact is later deemed wrong. They're thus incentivized to not lie. Even better, media that relies on their facts will have to pay them tokens to reuse their facts. Which means fact news could become profitable.

Of course, there is a lot of assumption. Would be great to bounce ideas. Thanks for reading!
2) colealbon has started work.

cafe-society.news is an rss reader with the ability to create content filters. For example, I don't like to waste my morning news on "Pisces Horoscope" articles, and this tool allows me to filter those out) cafe-society.news allows for sharing filters and rss feeds via blockstack. For the goal of this hackathon, we'll attempt to set up a decentralized bulletin board upon which blockstack users can advertise and share their filter source code. We'd like to plan out (but not implement) the eth compatible smart contract components required to turn the bulletin board into a "vending machine" for curated filters.
3) tanawat1990 has started work.

https://m.bluepay.asia/invite.html?&af_sub1=Rk238ruz
4) tanawat1990 has started work.

https://m.bluepay.asia/invite.html?&af_sub1=Rk238ruz
5) ringaile has started work.

We start to create reputation media website.
6) yzportfolio has started work.

If I had a barrier to my technical skills, I'll ask my problems to my tutors in ConsensysAcademy course through "slack".
7) xvettex has started work.

Idea is not ready yet. Probably some platform where users can tell arguments about news(if news is true or fake).
If someone UI designer or frontend developer is looking for a team, contact me!
8) cspannos has started work.

I propose "Invest-y-gative" - a scientific journalism platform incentivized to serve the public interest.

About this project: Scientific journalism is a publishing methodology which includes the publication of original source documents and material along with the story. "Invest-y-gative" will use crypto-curation to drive investigative journalism based on the methodology of scientific journalism and the reputations of sources, journalists, and editors.

"Invest-y-gative" delivers:

  • a transparent editorial process;
  • accountability for accuracy of primary source documents;
  • verification of primary source material through publication and notarization on Web3 systems.

Note: aside from being a crypto hobbyist/enthusiast, I have more than 20 years experience as a journalist and editor.

High level specs for the "Invest-y-gative" platform:

Users: consumers, editors, sources, journalists

Example:

  • The user calls for a story, for example, that can prove rumors that Western travel warnings to Kenya are part of a trade war on the east African country.

  • The user puts a bounty of 100 ETH on the story. Other users can also add to, and increase, the bounty.

  • Source(s): material is submitted through a Web3 Secure Dropbox which (hashed on IPFS or SWARM and notarized on the Ethereum blockchain); and/or...

  • Journalist(s): apply to write the story (explaining their sources) or are solicited by The Editors.

  • Editors: in considering sources, editors initiate a process of corroboration of source material (which could include crowd sourcing verification, depending on the type of source material and their level of sensitivity (ie. leaked documents vs. an image shared on social media)). Upon gaining confidence that there is enough verifiable primary source material, editors can decide to pursue the story; otherwise they will spike it. In considering journalists who apply to write the story, editors will consider the journalist's pitch, sources, previous publications, and reputation.

  • The bounty: the bounty is (a) held in escrow until publication, (b) split (in this hypothetical scenario) in thirds so that 100 ETH is divided between the source, journalist, and editor, and (c) paid out within 28 days of publication. Importantly, this final delay is to help ensure that, after publication, the primary source documents of the investigative report are able to withstand public scrutiny.

For this challenge, I will provide "Invest-y-gative's" core Web3 Secure Dropbox which will provide the gateway for all source documents. This component is crucial for the project as it provides the Web3 foundation for the scientific journalism methodology that drives "Invest-y-gative". This is because it provides both the accountability for accuracy and the verification of primary source material through publication and notarization on Web3 systems.
9) viraja1 has started work.

News blockchain incentivizes fact checking and quality. It helps to build a curative reputation. It allows credit to be given to original sources.
10) allberg has started work.

I get Gitcoin Issue when try to add Submitted work that "No active bounty found for this Github URL." when submitting Valid News fork #11

Learn more on the Gitcoin Issue Details page.

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commented Jun 27, 2019

the prize will be send to only the best dApp or it will be send to more than one team?

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commented Jun 27, 2019

@senarma Each dApp will be assessed according to the judging criteria. Prizes will
be awarded to the teams who score the best average across all judging criteria.

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commented Jul 10, 2019

Issue Status: 1. Open 2. Started 3. Submitted 4. Done


Work for 24.0 ETH (5141.89 USD @ $214.25/ETH) has been submitted by:

  1. @viraja1
  2. @ringaile
  3. @alexmasmej
  4. @allberg

@katiejohnson please take a look at the submitted work:


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commented Jul 16, 2019

I get error when try to Submit Work on Gitcoin stating that "No active bounty found for this Github URL." when submitting Valid News fork #11.

Am I still in for the bounty? How can I submit my fork to Gitcoin? Hope you enjoyed valid.news. Thanks!

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commented Jul 16, 2019

I get error when try to Submit Work on Gitcoin stating that "No active bounty found for this Github URL." when submitting Valid News fork #11.

Am I still in for the bounty? How can I submit my fork to Gitcoin? Hope you enjoyed valid.news. Thanks!

Hi Allberg! We have you in consideration from Github. Let me see what I can do to make sure that you're signed up in Gitcoin for prize distribution!

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commented Jul 16, 2019

Hi @Allberg can you ping Vivek from Gitcoin on the discord so he can help you submit through gitcoin?

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commented Jul 18, 2019

Hi @katiejohnson I managed to submit the work now :)

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commented Jul 18, 2019

⚡️ A tip worth 24.00000 ETH (5395.07 USD @ $224.79/ETH) has been granted to @cspannos for this issue from @katiejohnson. ⚡️

Nice work @cspannos! Your tip has automatically been deposited in the ETH address we have on file.

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Issue Status: 1. Open 2. Started 3. Submitted 4. Done


This Bounty has been completed.

Additional Tips for this Bounty:

  • katiejohnson tipped 24.0000 ETH worth 5395.07 USD to cspannos.

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⚡️ A tip worth 6.00000 ETH (1348.77 USD @ $224.79/ETH) has been granted to @ringaile for this issue from @katiejohnson. ⚡️

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Congrats on taking 2nd place in our beyond blockchain hackathon!

Nice work @ringaile! Your tip has automatically been deposited in the ETH address we have on file.

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⚡️ A tip worth 6.00000 ETH (1348.77 USD @ $224.79/ETH) has been granted to @ajmachado for this issue from @katiejohnson. ⚡️

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Congrats on taking 2nd place in the beyond blockchain hackathon!

Nice work @ajmachado! To redeem your tip, login to Gitcoin at https://gitcoin.co/explorer and select 'Claim Tip' from dropdown menu in the top right, or check your email for a link to the tip redemption page.

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commented Jul 19, 2019

Thank You so much and congrats to all the winners 👏 👏 👏

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