Press Coverage

Several of these articles are also syndicated by other publications.

Christian Science Monitor - Dispute Finder: Making the Call on Web 'Facts'

Chris Gaylord - October 13th, 2009

The Christian Science Monitor wrote a nice article about Disputed Finder.

To help readers, Mr. Ennals developed an online veracity alert system. The software, called Dispute Finder, sniffs through what you are reading online. If anything smells fishy – perhaps questionable poll results or references to “death panels” – Ennals’s code blows a whistle and says, “This is disputed. Here’s the evidence.”

This story was also syndicated by ACM TechNews

The Toronto Star - At last, a shovel for all that BS

Ben Rayner - September 5th, 2009

The Toronto Star were particularly interested in the TV and audio work we plan to do in the future. However Clay Shirky was skeptical.

Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh beware: There will soon be a bull detector for our TVs. In time there could even be one for your pocket

The Canadian Press - New tool flags disputed claims on web, but observers say its an uphill battle

James Keller - August 19th, 2009

The Canadian Press wrote a syndicated article that talks about Dispute Finder. A quote:

Developers of new web browsing software that flags questionable claims or outright lies on the web hope it will become a valuable tool to deal with the misinformation that litters the Internet.

But observers say Dispute Finder, an experimental browser extension developed by Intel, and the many websites that already aim to debunk online rumours and falsehoods face an enormous task. It isn't as easy as simply telling someone they're wrong

As they point out, one of the biggest challenges with Dispute Finder is persuading people to take seriously opinions that come from a different side. Our long-term plan for addressing this problem is to present peolpe with evidence from sources that they already trust and pitch an opinion using arguments compatible their own view of the world. Even taking that into account, we realise that once someone has formed an opinion it is hard to make them change, and realistically our best hope is probably to draw attention to issues where someone has not yet formed a strong opinion.

Amongst other places, this article is syndicated is the following places.

NPR 'On the Media' - Looking for a Fight

Interview with Bob Garfield - July 31st, 2009

Rob was interviewed on NPR's "On the Media" radio show about the media. The audio, and a full transcript of the show is available online:

Sacramento Bee - Intel Project seeks to mark disputed web information

Nicholas Diakopoulos - July 18th, 2009

The Sacramento Bee had an article on Dispute Finder.

Now imagine if, while you surfed the Web, you had a thousand little Conrad Jungs in your computer, whispering, "Hey, watch out, that might not be true." That's what Dispute Finder promises.

San Francisco Chronicle - Crap Detection 101

Howard Rheingold - June 30th, 2009

The Chron looks at different ways of detecting "crap" on the web, and highlights Dispute Finder.

on the cutting edge of community-based filtering tools, Intel labs' Dispute Finder Firefox Extension "highlights disputed claims on web pages you browse and shows you evidence for alternative points of view."

San Jose Mercury - A glimpse of Intel's futuristic gadgets

Steve Johnson - June 26th, 2009

Dispute Finder is the first project that the San Jose Mercury mentions in its coverage of Research At Intel Day:

Wouldn't it be useful to have a gadget that immediately warned you when the information you just saw on the Internet or heard from a buddy might be baloney?

Also in The Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Guardian - Intel Innovation Lights up its 2009 research day

Jack Schofield - June 24th, 2009

The Guardian highlighted Confrontational Computing as one of the hits of Research @ Intel Day.

The other hit was Rob Ennals from Intel Research Berkeley, with Confrontational Computing, which highlights "disputed points of view" on websites. It's based on crowdsourcing, with people voting texts up and down. It works as a Firefox browser extension, and was released last week as Dispute Finder.

TechNewsWorld - Iran, Technology and Truth: Do You Care If Your Information Is False?

Rob Enderle - June 22nd, 2009

Rob Enderle made Dispute Finder his project of the week.

While this is one of the riskiest efforts I've ever seen any vendor undertake, (because folks view those who present alternative views as biased, and both sides may not initially be populated), it is also likely one of the most important. Dispute Finder is therefore a natural for my product of the week.

Also on Linux Insider

Fast Company - This Week's Top Tech News: Elimination Edition

Chris Dannen - June 21st, 2009

Chris Dannen of Fast Company highlighted Dispute Finder as one of his tech highlights of the week.

Put an end to blindness, bullshit, copyright laws and Time Warner's dark hegemony? Sure: the top tech stories of the week are all about the death of things that Web nerds hate - and that includes Bing, whether you like the idyllic backgrounds or not.

AFP - Intel program spotlights dubious online claims

The Agence France-Presse did a piece on Dispute Finder.

This got syndicated to several other news outlets that use AFP feeds, including: MSN News and Yahoo News.

New Scientist - 'Dispute Finder' web tool gives two sides of a story

Colin Barras - June 19th, 2009

New Scientist wrote an article about Dispute Finder, after seeing it at Research @ Intel Day.

Showing that there are two sides to every story has never been easier, thanks to a new web tool that highlights disputed text on a web page and offers links to other sites with a different perspective.

EE Times - Intel Pushes 193-nm litho down to 15-nm

This article was primarily about Intel's litho process, but in it's roundup of Intel's new technology, it included a paragraph about Confrontational Computing:

Confrontational computing. Intel and the University of California at Berkeley have rolled out The Dispute Finder, a technology that highlights disputed claims on Web pages you browse and shows you evidence for alternative points of view.

''Use this Web interface to tell Dispute Finder what snippets to highlight and what evidence to present for alternative viewpoints. You can create a new disputed claim, mark new instances of a claim on the Web, and add evidence that supports or opposes a claim,'' according to the site.;jsessionid=ELVN42KR3HF1AQSNDLPSKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=218100243&pgno=2

Wall Street Journal - Sifting for News at Intel's Annual Research Day

Don Clark - June 18th, 2009

The Wall Street Journal "Digits" blog highlighted Dispute Finder in their coverage of the Research @ Intel Day.

Another project from Intel's Berkeley outpost is designed to sort help Internet users spot false or biased statements in news articles or information sources. The tool, called Dispute Finder, automatically highlights a snippet of text if there is information from other authoritative sources that contradicts that part of an article.

VentureBeat - Intel's bullshit filter exposes disputed information on the Internet

Dean Takashi - June 19th, 2009

VentureBeat liked Dispute Finder, and even took a video of it.

Intel's researchers have figured out how to expose lies on the Internet. They've launched a tool dubbed Dispute Finder that lets you see highlighted text in a news story where the information is disputed. I call it a bullshit filter.

Also on The Industry Standard

ITWire - Intel Making it easier to argue online

Jake Widman - May 2nd, 2009

A short article about Think Link.

CNet - Intel's Think Link is a Paradise for Fact Trolls

Josh Lowenson - April 30th, 2009

CNet had a look at Think Link and seemed to like it.

What's really, really cool about this project is that as more people continue to use Think Link and create what Intel calls "snippets," it's building up the database of related dispute items.

ITManagement - Inside Intel's Top Secret Lab

Rob Enderle - Apr 8, 2009

For some reason he thought our lab was secret (most stuff is open source) and that we are in Oakland (actually Berkeley), but he seemed to like the project and led his article with it:

TG Daily - Confrontational Computing: Empowering all users via the Web

Rick Hodgin - April 3rd, 2009

A great article about Confrontational Computing, and Think Link in particular.

Great quote:

This is, hands down, the most amazing idea I've ever heard of when it comes to using the web.

PC Magazine - Outside Intel Mad Scientists Hard at Work

Mark Hachman - April 2rd, 2009

This article about the Intel Research Berkeley Open House 2009 leads with a piece about Think Link.

Nice opening:

A popular Web comic portrays a stick figure feverishly typing at a keyboard. "Are you coming to bed?" he's asked, off-panel. "I can't," he replies. "Someone is wrong on the Internet!"

What if someone else could do that work for you? An Intel project that the company presented at its R&D day at U.C. Berkeley envisioned just that.,2817,2344467,00.asp