Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

In lesson two and three you learned how time and location help you test the credibility of the source and the content. In this case you will look at them as important factors for the contextualization of the event reported.

In the case of context, looking at the time and location allows you to not only further test the veracity of information, but also determine if the information is even viable considering these two factors.

Time

When looking at time you need to ask if the timing of the information makes sense for what is being reported. For example, if you receive a report about an attack on a street vendor, you need to see if the timing of the event makes sense considering the type of activity. Additionally, the timing of information can give significant meaning to an event, for example, an attack on a mosque during Friday prayer.

Location

When looking at location you need to ask if the location of the reported information makes sense for what is being reported. For example, does information reflect the appropriate type of actor for the location or does the location have a specific meaning for the type of information reported?