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Tech & Check Conference

March 31, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - April 1, 2016 @ 12:45 pm


Perkins Library Rooms 217-218











Duke University, Perkins Library, Rooms 217 & 218


2:00 p.m. – Welcome & introductions. Bill Adair (Duke) and Alexios Mantzarlis (Poynter).


2:35 p.m. – Demos

ClaimBuster: a tool that can analyze transcripts from debates, TV interviews and legislative proceedings and instantly find factual claims to check. Naeemul Hassan (UT Arlington)

ICheck: computationally combating “lies, d—ned lies, and statistics” Jun Yang/Brett Walenz (Duke)

Experiments with mining the massive Wikipedia knowledge network, a problem at the heart of computer-aided fact-checking tools. Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia (IU)

FactMinder: Fact checking and Analyzing the web. Michaël Thomazo (INRIA)

Deep Natural Language Processing for Relational Learning from Short Texts. Alessandro Moschitti (QCRI)


4.15 pm. – Break


4.30 p.m. – Lightning rounds

How IBM Watson is forging a new way to gain a deep understanding of trending topics in the news. Ben Fletcher (IBM)

Using automated monitoring to scale, target, and evaluate fact-checking. Will Moy (Full Fact)

RumorLens. Samuel Carton (University of Michigan)

Dato Chequeado & Chequeado Colectivo. Pablo Martin Fernandez (Chequeado)

Share the Facts Widget. Bill Adair (Duke)


5.15 p.m. – Suggestions box for next day’s agenda. Participants decide key topics for Day 2 by writing down a key challenge and key opportunity for automated fact-checking.


6.30 pm – Dinner @ The Cookery (1101 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham NC 27701)


Duke University, Perkins Library, Rooms 217 & 218


8:00 a.m. – Breakfast


8:30 a.m. – Anatomy of a fact check: what can and can’t be automated? Mark Stencel (Duke), Angie Holan (PolitiFact), Robert Farley (


9.45 a.m. – Break


10:00 a.m. – Imagining the future of fact-checking. Breakout sessions


11:00 a.m. – Key challenges and opportunities. Breakout sessions report back to group.


12:00 p.m. – Lunch


12:45 p.m. – Wrap-up and Next Steps.


How to connect to the Duke VISITOR network:

  • Open your network preferences and look for a network called “visitor,” which should be available to you across campus. Select this network.
  • Open a browser. You should see the “welcome” message pertaining to the visitor network.
  • Click Continue to connect to your normal start page.
  • Note that the network cuts you off automatically after an hour of inactivity.

March 31, 2016 @ 2:00 pm


April 1, 2016 @ 12:45 pm


Perkins Library Rooms 217-218