In class, we are told to ask our questions out loud, because “other students likely share our same doubts”.University Professors Proverb
Can’t we do that in life too?
Suppose you’re looking for information about something happening right now—it can be a natural disaster or that injury of your favorite soccer player.
We bet this is familiar to you, isn’t it?
You now roughly have the following 4 options:
- you pay for the subscription to (online) newspapers, hoping they will talk about what you look for;
- you read low quality free articles which, most of the time, (poorly) summarize the information that is available elsewhere;
- you access the relevant Wikipedia page, likely to be a draft for some time after the event happened;
- you graze on your favorite social network feed, swallowing a million posts about the event but risking an indigestion from fake-news.
What is missing?
We believe that news platforms on the Internet should strive to:
- cover issues of interest to different groups of readers (you know, there’s a lot more to life than national politics)
- but also, stand up to censorship and clickbait contents
- and fairly reward journalists for their original, high-quality work (in the end, they are those on the ground)
The idea is modest: completely overturn the conception of news coverage today.
All jokes aside, we summarize it here:
- Everyone can report breaking news––in the form of (unconfirmed) text, photos, audio or videos.
- Users express their interest in knowing if a claim is fake or real. They can also assign bounties (think to crowdfunding platforms) to the claims they really want to be reviewed in depth.
- Reviewers—journalists or entire news outlets—dedicate themselves to finding proving (or disproving) evidence of the most popular claims. They then stake part of their reputation in order to cast a vote on their reliability.
- The vote on a claim ends (when enough reputation has been put at stake) and a final rating of its truthfulness is computed.
- The reviewers who sided with the majority increase their reputation and receive a share of the bounties associated with that claim.
- Users can now read in-depth research and explanatory articles about the (rated) claim, which expand on its rating.
Can We Build That?
You may now be thinking that this is yet another online newspaper rather than a tech project. Sorry, you are wrong.
We use cool technology (hint: blockchains) to make Nugget News self-executable: NO need to trust us.
All the actions described above happen automatically in a transparent, tamper-proof way so that no one (even us) can single-handedly delete or modify content.
Even better, all this fuss is almost invisible to you and Nugget News seamlessly integrate with existing social platforms.
You indeed receive contents—together with their rating—on your favorite social media platform so that you know what to trust (and what to share with friends).
So are we. Feel free to share this article, to let other people discover Nugget News. Also, If you want to better understand more how Nugget News works, read our Getting Started.