Block Chain and Right of Reply: Fighting the Erosion of Trust in New Media

The level of trust in sources of information is being constantly eroded not only by the phenomenon of “Fake News” but also by the ability of false statements about individuals and institutions to “go viral” without an effective means for those cited to respond.  In a recent article the Economist examines how block chain technologies (or methodologies) can be leveraged to bolster trust by reducing ambiguity and increasing transparency.

Disrupting the Trust Business

The irony of this is that we think of social media as transparent and in some respects this is true. We are certainly more “exposed” but without unambiguous identification, these media can be easily manipulated to create a false sense of transparency or even truth.

Right of Reply and its latest spin-out Reply on Credit Check are designed to reëstablish trust in new media by reducing the ambiguity of sources and allowing responses to by the persons or institutions to be “weighted” and positioned by the fact that they are cited.

Right of Reply is a Social Impact technology company which provides easy to use reputation management tools to ensure anyone’s ability to counter unfair, inaccurate or incomplete reporting by putting the other side of the case with identical positioning and prominence as the original article www.ror.news, credit report www.roccnow.com or internet post and personal identity www.rorkey.com

 

David Orban’s Network Society Ventures to Advise Right of Reply

Right of Reply Ltd. announced today that the consultancy team of David Orban , Network Society Ventures will act as Technical Advisor to the company, bringing his profound understanding of block chain and media technologies to bear on the existing and future versions of the Right of Reply and Reply on Credit Check platforms.

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Right of Reply is a Social Impact technology company which provides easy to use reputation management tools to ensure anyone’s ability to counter unfair, inaccurate or incomplete reporting by putting the other side of the case with identical positioning and prominence as the original article www.ror.news, credit report www.roccnow.com or internet post and personal identity www.rorkey.com

Right of Reply Ltd. closes 2 mil £ round – follow on round planned

After two years of development, Right of Reply, a fast-growing block chain powered technology company dedicated to protecting the reputation of people and institutions on the Web by providing online and real world management tools, today announces the successful Placing of 291,000 new common (ordinary) shares at £7 (US$9.68) each, raising gross proceeds of £2,037,000 (US$2,816,880).

An 8K statement will be filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) related to this placement.

Proceeds of the issue are being used to develop the Company’s products and services and for its acquisition strategy.

The Company will be filing a new Prospectus with the SEC to raise a further US$6,000,000 through the issue of 400,000 shares of new common stock at US$15 per share. This Prospectus will be used for RoR’s IPO which is scheduled for the 4th quarter of this year.

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Right of Reply is a Social Impact technology company which provides easy to use reputation management tools to ensure anyone’s ability to counter unfair, inaccurate or incomplete reporting by putting the other side of the case with identical positioning and prominence as the original article www.ror.news, credit report www.roccnow.com or internet post and personal identity www.rorkey.com

Right of Reply Accepted as Member of Social Enterprise UK

Right of Reply has been accepted as a member of the national body for social enterprise, Social Enterprise UK, in recognition of its important role in supporting social justice and maintaining a free press and fair media by providing management tools for online and real world reputations.

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Right of Reply is a Social Impact technology company which provides easy to use reputation management tools to ensure anyone’s ability to counter unfair, inaccurate or incomplete reporting by putting the other side of the case with identical positioning and prominence as the original article www.ror.news, credit report www.roccnow.com or internet post and personal identity www.rorkey.com

Deploy the Block Chain Against Fake News and Cyber-Defamation

Like other industries, the global media economy is being transformed by the border-less, friction-less world of the internet. Transcending both space and time to dramatically increase choice while reducing search and transaction costs, supporting explosive global growth of news, entertainment, and social media. With this increased variety of content sources comes an increase in the ambiguity of information sources, exposing people and institutions to cyber-defamation and fake news.

The startup Right of Reply (ROR) harnesses strong block chain technology to add a level transparency and a platform for verifiable responses to online media, opening new horizons for market and social engagement, managing information and reputation-capital. The ROR disruptive technologies can capture a large share of the existing reputation management business, while igniting new markets beyond the reach of traditional marketing and identify protection technologies.

Online media has transformed populations of consumers of traditional national and local media sources into a global population of pro-sumers who consume and produce content in real time, 24/7, irrespective of borders, identities or backgrounds, and in general creating a decentralization and ‘debranding’ of information sources. The production of media has been facilitated to the point where the act of consuming, with or without ‘liking’, has become in itself a production of potential value which is exchanged on the fluid and growing digital influence market. Whether for marketing or for political goals, this decentralization and automation is a double edged sword allowing spontaneous and “community-verified” information to flow freely but also providing a mechanism for malicious influences to generate fake news, fake communities and fake opinions. This system presents a new economic frontier where the attention of prosumers is the currency and the reputation of the “poster” be they a person or an institution, sets the exchange value. Emitting and exchanging this value in the form of items (stories, pictures, posts, likes, stars, shares, comments…) in the network should therefore be verified with the same rigor with which verify monetary transaction.

If reputation is the currency, protecting the value of personal and institutional reputations is vital. Several characteristics of online media in general, and social media in particular, make reputation management uniquely challenging. The first of these characteristics is the “train wreck” phenomenon in which negative, defamatory or salacious items attract more attention than positive items. The flow of attention online passes fleetingly onto an item that may or may not be true but is for some reason attention-worthy, click-worthy, share-worthy. If a negative story attracts more than a positive story it is also clear that a response to correct a negative story will also garner less attention.

As a wholly digital experience, online media is prone to programs or “bots” which can disseminate and endorse content automatically, creating self-fulfilling “like storms” or ‘hate-storms” on selected items. It is the nature of the instantaneous consumption of online media that favors these extremes of like and hate over more nuanced positions. A single negative post can be immediately amplified and is forever available, even after the swarm passes onto something else. A single item that degrades the reputation of a person or an institution can cancel a lifetime of positive activity. Recent studies on the dissemination of fake news items have shown that negative news travels more rapidly and more broadly than positive news and that humans share fake news more often than bots do.

Into this seemingly chaotic and dangerous context Right of Reply inserts a modern take on concept from British common Law, the individual Right of Reply. This principal of fairness allows anyone who has been defamed or about whom something has been claimed, to reply to that claim in the same venue and with the same instrument as the offender. In the online world the venue is the “post” and the reply should therefore have the same timeliness and weight as the original post. Because of the nature of commenting and the weighting of negative content as discussed above a corrective response to a post is likely to disappear. ROR works by first verifying the identity of the person cited in the original post and, as a consequence, reserves a response position for that person which is pinned to the original post. This allows the consumer of the post to immediately access the response of the cited party(ies). The Block Chain  ledger is permanently affixed to the response to that item so that any future changes in the ledger will result in another alert on the ROR profile page of the cited person(s) or institution(s).

These micro media items form an economy of reputation value that must be managed. The ROR system is positioned to manage them technically with its ability to reduce the ambiguity of cited identities and the ability to manage micro-transactions which comes from its background in the block chain enabled platform space.

Augmented Reality improves Customer Care : Newbiquity

The promise of augmented reality as a tool to improve customer care, remote assistance and the transfer and sharing of experiences across distance is at the base of the Newbiquity AR platform.

The enemy of remote assistance is ambiguity; which button to push, which nob to turn, which wire to cut… Newbiquity addresses this ambiguity with augmented reality in three distinct scenarios: Continue reading “Augmented Reality improves Customer Care : Newbiquity”

PayMyTime: Email is work – Are you getting paid for it?

Introduction

Email is work: Email programs have become our workplace and email messages are the result of our labor. Are we getting paid for the work we do?

Statistics, extrapolations and counting by Radicati Group from February 2015 estimate the number of emails sent per day (in 2015) to be around 205 billion messages per day meaning nearly 2.4 million emails are sent every second and some 74 trillion emails are sent per year.

A portion of these emails are requests for work and responses to requests for work which, if managed, could be transformed into value. Unfortunately several factors converge to hinder the release of this value:

Tracking Surgical Instruments – Save Lives – Save Money

a tray with many surgical instruments lined up with the operating room in the background

Tracking Surgical Instruments: Releasing massive untapped value in the surgical instrument life cycle.

The EU Commission, meeting the FDA regulations established last year, has clearly defined the requirements for implementation of a Unique Device Identification (UDI) System in the final text of the new EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 2017/745 and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Regulation (IVDR) 2017/746, published at the beginning of May.

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An Economic Model of Clean-Vehicle Adoption

Map of California with interconnected gears in black and white on a simple background to show Clean-Vehicle adoption as a part of the green economy.

Models of Clean-Vehicle Adoption improve Public Policy Design, Implementation, and Adaptation

Policies promoting clean-vehicle adoption are excellent candidates for more evidence-based approaches.

Technical, behavioral, and economic evidence can help agencies target environmental policies more effectively, identifying direct and indirect benefits as well as adjustments needed across diverse stakeholder groups. By establishing clear standards for monitoring and evaluation, the state can also better communicate its goals and progress toward them. Moreover, lessons learned from experience can facilitate effective policy adaptation.

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