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[liberationtech] Student data challenge on “fake” news detection

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Wed Jan 4 21:00:19 PST 2017

From: Stu Shulman <stu at>

DiscoverText is sponsoring a student data challenge on “fake” news
detection using a corpus of 20 million “Trump” Tweets collected between
April and August 2016.

The Challenge
– Build a model of fake news on Twitter
– Submit the model using a short video (=<60 seconds)

– Teams must use our dataset and online collaborative tools, which we will
provide for free.
– Data export is prohibited.
– The model must focus on the nature and scope of fake news itself, not
external analyses of it.
– Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods models are all welcome.
– Collaborative teams must include 2 or 3 students at any educational
– Faculty supervisors may join one or more teams.
– Entry Deadline is March 1, 2017: Links to videos presenting the model in
60 seconds or less on YouTube must be Tweeted with the hashtag

1st Prize: $100 for each student.
2nd Prize: $50 for each student.
3rd Prize: $25 for each student.

Every team that submits a video will retain an academic DiscoverText
license for the remainder of 2017.

There are many ways to explore the metadata, Tweet text data, images, news
links (both fake and real), to test and refine student hunches about the
scope and nature of fake news disseminated on Twitter. Our goal is to share
these models with academic research community and to support a variety of
methodologies for human or automated fake news detection.

Start Here
– Have each member of the team sign up for a free trial DiscoverText
– Send an email to info at with your team name and a list of
team member names and emails.
– Identify a student team leader who can manage the project and serve as a
point of contact.

– Schedule a web meeting to go over some of the e-discovery, human coding,
and machine-learning techniques.
– Review the DiscoverText help guides and FAQs:
– Check out some use cases and methods in previous scholarly mentions of

For more information, contact us at info at

Dr. Stuart W. Shulman
Founder and CEO, Texifter
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