The digital news fragmentation allows unreliable parties to publish content making audiences less informed due to the lack of accountability
A community with users identified by SSIDs share the content they find reliable - this way creating publishers lists that are trustworthy
This is the total amount allocated to Trustworthy News
Trustworthy News is a platform which identifies reliable digital news sources, digital contents by collective action of the platform users.
Digital content sources providing information that is considered to be trustworthy are rewarded on the platform fostering a healthier environment, helping to detect and flag disinformation.
Once citizens become community members, they will be able to:
A list of all suggested content pieces becomes available to everyone and then, individuals can up-vote the articles they found worthy. Users can individually green-flag content they endorse, yellow-flag content asking the community to help debunk potentially unreliable content, and red-flag content they know is misleading while also providing evidence to back their statement.
The platform will start with the niche-oriented content (i.e. the interests of Cardano Catalyst members) and widen the scope later, following the decisions of the platform user community itself.
Users will have at least four reasons to be willing to join:
Users will have the incentive to promote a healthier environment
The platform will rely on the SSI infrastructure provided by Atala PRISM helping to issue/revoke two credentials:
The reputation scores/badges that could be used outside the platform to signal person’s interests/knowledge, trust and reputation
We see our proposal as a solution in the fourth - application layer defined by the Trust over IP Foundation - we strive to build healthy, vibrant digital trust ecosystems on top of the new decentralized digital trust infrastructure powered by Atala PRISM.
By joining Trustworthy News users will have probably a good comprehension of what a DID is capable in the digital content management. In the long-term, the platform will be the point of attraction to bring users in and then show non-technical users how versatile and useful DIDs can be in much broader context. We see parallels with the Chinese app, WeChat, initially just a messenger that developed features to serve many other complementary user needs.
The proposed Trustworthy News embraces the SSI infrastructure built on the Cardano blockchain. In addition, the proposed solution will create – project trust in the digital media space by Trustworthy News community members. In this way the proposed project will help to position Cardano as one of the leaders of the SSI applications in the digital media and beyond.
An MVP will be ready between 90 to 120 days after the start
The Prototype version should be ready in 90 days and will provide most important features of the full web app.
Initially, the content pool admissible will be limited in a way that the audience members can interact with the same content pieces that others have ingested (without the limit, the engagement per content element can be too low to provide satisfactory outputs).
MVP modules to be implemented
Content & user community building will continue
After the MVP is done, relevant (in line with the user interests) digital publishers will be contacted to create special statuses in exchange of advantages for the community/audience.
Operations and maintenance
There will be a minimal operations/support team for the Trustworthy News platform whose role will be to keep an eye that everything runs smoothly. The goal is to make all the orations as automated as possible.
Once the technology part is developed and deployed, we do not expect any changes within the current scope. Once the platform users decide to extend the Trustworthy News features Cardano Catalyst funding or crowdfunding will be considered.
We ask to fund mainly the tech development part - cost breakdown:
Total cost: 12'000 USD
We may look for an external blockchain/Cardano development expert to work on projects based on Atala PRISM, Plutus, etc
The project development has two streams of work:
Regarding the technology part, the Atala PRISM Pioneers program advises to develop SSI applications using the private github account. We could open-source the main modules upon request when possible in order to make the technology development part more open and auditable.
The bigger challenge is probably not the technology but the user community, platform information content building part determining the overall success of the project. Naturally it will be open, visible and auditable. We could share the KPI (defined below) related numbers with the Cardano Catalyst community.
Therefore, the project progress at the beginning will be primarily measured by the Trustworthy News growth KPIs:
Success is to have a wide and diversified community in control of the digital blockchain/crypto-related content
After 90 days
After 6 months
Trustworthy News is an entirely new project
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Our team has professionals with more than 20 years of experience in
1) the journalism and digital platforms (including Yahoo)
2) IT (including Plutus, Atala Prism Pioneers)