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Digital Democracy Centre

Trust and News Authenticity

Many people find it hard to judge the quality of information online. This contributes to worries and a sense of feeling unsafe in the digital information ecology. Much attention thus far has gone towards flagging problematic (‘fake’) content and providing post-hoc fact checking.

This project proposes a new approach: it develops a digital signature to be attached to journalistic content and a recognizable label for users to see if the content is authentic and verified.

The project develops, tests, and provides a large scale test of the effectiveness of this system which can help to improve trust and a sense of safety in the online information environment.

Simon Erfurth, Ph.D. student (

Last Updated 21.02.2024