The “field” of information forensics has seen some interesting developments in recent weeks. Take the Verification Handbook or Twitter Lie-Detector project, for example. The Social Sensor project is yet another new initiative. In this blog post, I seek to make sense of these new developments and to identify where this new field may be going. In so doing, I highlight key insights from each initiative.
The co-editors of the Verification Handbook reminds us that misinformation and rumors are hardly new during disasters. Chapter 1 opens with the following account from 1934: