Transparency and opening is the only way to defeat false news on the internet

The Internet has always been the place where experimentation and creativity grow brutally. Its power comes from the participants. Behind every pernicious online activity, there are many positive contributions hidden from people who seek to connect with others, express themselves, and broaden their shared cognitive base.

I am an optimist. 16 years ago, I had to start participating in Wikipedia, a project that sounds impossible to achieve. How can we make millions of people work together, across borders and perspectives, without pay, to build a reliable and accurate encyclopedia? But it has become a reality.

Although fake news is nothing new, but the delivery method has changed. Posts on social media, tampered videos, and instant messaging tools have largely replaced e-mail as the primary tool for disseminating error messages. Compared with the turn of the century, today’s Internet is larger, more contact, more cruel way to run. Last year in India, when the new 2000 rupees were issued, the false news claimed that the banknote was loaded with surveillance chips. Although later was exposed, but the “news” like wildfire in the SMS platform WhatsApp spread, and this application in India has 50 million users.