commonterra:Information Quality Control
Misinformation, disinformation, deceptive marketing, spin, public relations and public lies... We desperately need innovation in information quality control if we are to save our planet and ourselves from anthropogenic disaster. It should be a significant part of our global R&D budget, yet at present it is barely on the scientific and political radar.
This category is for such innovations.
TruthMarket: A Platform To Crowdfund The Truth (fastcoexist.com)
"Have a controversial view? How much money are you willing to risk on it? A new site called TruthMarket lets people bet money on the veracity of their public statements: If they can prove it, there is cash to be earned."
"The idea is simple. Say you hear someone make a bogus claim--for example, that Barack Obama was really born in Kazakhstan. You can go on the site and stake some money, challenging someone to prove the claim, asking others to join you. Once the amount raised reaches a pre-designated threshold, the challenge goes live. At which point, the person making the claim is asked to produce evidence in order to win the "bounty." The truth is decided by a "jury of neutral, professional, scientifically trained adjudicators" who assess the evidence, which must be verifiable."