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Hypothesis quick overview 2011-10-19


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Overview of the project.

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Hypothesis quick overview 2011-10-19

  1. 1. The Internet. Peer-reviewed.
  2. 2. <ul><li>The best minds and the best partners… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading experts on web reputation, language and rhetoric, distributed systems, web architecture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Internet Archive ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Led by the founder of the web’s first travel reservation system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are coming together to solve humanity’s biggest problem: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to objectively know the credibility of information we consume, at the point we consume it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crowdsourced peer-review for the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>With a new open-source, distributed framework under a non-profit organization </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype in first half 2012, beta in late 2012. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s called “” </li></ul>Only have time for one slide?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Improving the credibility of the information we consume is humanity’s grandest challenge. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Because bad information enables and exacerbates poor choices—around monetary policy, military intervention, energy, climate, food, civil liberties. </li></ul><ul><li>In short, everything that matters. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>If as we encountered new information, in text or video, we could easily know the best analysis and insight on it—sentence by sentence, passage by passage. </li></ul><ul><li>What if we had confidence that this analysis truly represented the combined wisdom of the most informed individuals in those domains—not as dictated by a top-down hierarchy, but as measured objectively and transparently over time. </li></ul><ul><li>And what if the knowledge of that capability created a powerful incentive for authors to take extra care that their work met a high standard of excellence. </li></ul><ul><li>What if it became very difficult to publish information which was factually incorrect? </li></ul>Imagine….
  5. 5. This is not a new idea.
  6. 6. 2011 1997
  7. 7. Why these have failed (or will) <ul><li>Many different reasons—but these are common to all: </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to overcome cold start / Ineffective launch strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t create Internet-wide functionality. Weren’t thinking broadly enough. </li></ul><ul><li>No model for reputation/moderation—poor quality participation, many “broken windows”. </li></ul><ul><li>Not open source / open API / non-profit. </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t effectively partner with key organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Failed to nurture great commentary, dialogue, debate that people wanted to listen to. </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t articulate a long term vision for archiving. </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t work with evolving standards for annotation. </li></ul><ul><li>Not aware of location, context / Allowed annotation of content that is not stable. </li></ul><ul><li>Poor product quality / execution. </li></ul>
  8. 8. And—why comments don’t cut it <ul><li>They’re isolated from the text. Below the fold. </li></ul><ul><li>No implementation of stance. How does the comment relate to the text? </li></ul><ul><li>Either moderated by the content provider, leading to conflict of interest, or poorly moderated, leading to quality / noise issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to the above: Comments are at the grace of the content provider. (NYT disables comments on >10% of articles … “lack of staff to moderate” … really?) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are comments “ours” or “theirs”? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No distinction between analysis and chit-chat. </li></ul><ul><li>Balkanized systems. </li></ul><ul><li>No stable identity / pseudonymity across sites. </li></ul><ul><li>No long term vision for archival preservation of contributions (digital marginalia). </li></ul><ul><li>For-profit nature of existing solutions means acquisition / changeover of one system for another creates disruptions, lack of continuity. </li></ul>
  9. 9. vs. The NY Times turns off comments on > 10% of all stories!
  10. 10. When what I’m talking about is up here … ? ! Why should I comment down here… and here… and here… ! !
  11. 12. Facebook replacing Disqus… but who will replace Facebook? Who cares to preserve our intellectual contributions for the long term? The solution must be open and archival!
  12. 13. An open-source, distributed platform to enable sentence-level, community moderated annotation of news, blogs, legislation, scientific articles, books, video, etc. without the consent of the target.
  13. 14. Plug-ins URL Website API Links from pages / Reveals A diversity of interfaces
  14. 15. Submit Highlight Annotate
  15. 16. Heatmap View Annotations Moderate
  16. 17. <ul><li>Be open source / API </li></ul><ul><li>Be not-for-profit (though financially sustainable) </li></ul><ul><li>Be auditable & transparent </li></ul><ul><li>Think long term </li></ul><ul><li>Strong protection for privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Favor no ideological or political positions </li></ul><ul><li>Build the best team, remain humble </li></ul>Design Principles <ul><li>Implement a global feedback channel for any online content </li></ul><ul><li>Work without consent of underlying document owner </li></ul><ul><li>Work inline, at the sentence level </li></ul><ul><li>100% Community moderated </li></ul><ul><li>Context aware </li></ul><ul><li>Pseudonymous identity </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple media types: HTML, PDF, books, video </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Internet Archive ( </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term archiving vision, commitment & mentality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archiving infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital text expertise, Open Content Alliance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leading reputation experts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul Resnick / U Mich </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founders of Slashdot </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emerging Standards </li></ul><ul><li>NISO / OAC </li></ul><ul><ul><li> is part of the working group on annotation standards </li></ul></ul>Initial Partnerships
  19. 21. Advisors (partial list) <ul><li>Mark Surman </li></ul><ul><li>Mozilla Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Andrea Lunsford </li></ul><ul><li>Dir. Writing & Rhetoric Program, Stanford </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Hazel </li></ul><ul><li>Fmr Dir Engineering, Bittorrent </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Resnick </li></ul><ul><li>School of Information, Univ of Michigan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John Perry Barlow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founder, EFF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Charles Bazerman </li></ul><ul><li>Chair CCCC, Professor UCSB / English </li></ul><ul><li>Kaliya Hamlin </li></ul><ul><li>Co-founder, Internet Identity Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Sam Zaid </li></ul><ul><li>CEO Getaround (2011 Techcrunch Disrupt Cup Winne </li></ul><ul><li>Nate Oostendorp </li></ul><ul><li>Technical co-founder, Slashdot </li></ul><ul><li>Drummond Reed </li></ul><ul><li> / XDI </li></ul><ul><li>Brewster Kahle </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Adam Christian </li></ul><ul><li>OSAF / Sauce Labs </li></ul><ul><li>Garrett Camp </li></ul><ul><li>CEO, StumbleUpon </li></ul><ul><li>Mikeal Rogers </li></ul><ul><li>Yammer / Node.js </li></ul><ul><li>Phil Bourne </li></ul><ul><li>Editor-in-Chief, PLoS Comp Biology / Founder, “Beyond the PDF” initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Rufus Pollock </li></ul><ul><li>Open Knowledge Foundation </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>GetThere (originally Internet Travel Network) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched online travel industry in 1995 (first flight ever booked over the web). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founder, wrote initial code, ran engineering team of 100 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First large scale complex web application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1999 IPO, Sale to Sabre, Inc in 2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getaround (2011 Techcrunch Disrupt Cup winner) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sauce Labs (Leading cloud-based functional testing framework) </li></ul></ul>Dan Whaley
  21. 23. Timeline / Milestones <ul><li>1H 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>2H 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>1H 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>2H 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul><ul><li>Team Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>Coding </li></ul><ul><li>Iteration </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype </li></ul><ul><li>Alpha </li></ul><ul><li>Beta </li></ul><ul><li>Launch </li></ul>