Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors


Understanding the context of information is crucial for understanding what really happened, particularly with crowdsourced information.

In many cases, even if you authenticate the source as reliable and verify the content as factually correct, there may be a situation in which the context gives you a completely different picture. Therefore, you need to cross-reference the context of crowdsourced information to completely test its veracity, making cross-referencing the third leg of your verification process.

Cross referencing

In this lesson, you will learn to cross- reference the context of crowdsourced information by looking at the following:

  • Time and location
  • Big picture context
  • Political context