Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Introduction

Now that you explored how to authenticate the source of information, the next step in the verification process is to assess the veracity of the information you have collected through crowdsourcing. In other words, you want verify if the content of the information you have gathered is correct.

While crowdsourcing is an effective tool for gathering information, you need to be cautious and take certain steps to check the information for gaps or fallacies. By the time you finish this lesson you will have the tools and knowledge to analyze information you have collected through crowdsourcing and determine if it is factually correct and credible.

In this lesson, you will learn how to verify the content of information by looking at the following:

  • 5Ws + 1H
  • Language
  • Pictures and Video
  • Direct Engagement
  • Date and Place
  • Cross-referencing
  • Networks

Keep in mind, the content of information can be referring to an actual fact, but the details of the information might not be accurate. Always makes sure you confirm the details as best as possible before reporting information.