Pegabot: an online tool for media literacy and bot monitoring | g0v Summit 2018 | Debora Albu





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Published on Oct 24, 2018

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The g0v summit is a biennial event which focuses on open government, open source collaboration and civic participation. It was established in 2014 by the g0v community. The past two summits have gathered speakers from 19 countries and more than 2,000 local and international participants.

Debora Albu, researcher at the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio (ITS Rio) delivered a speech about bots, fake news and the project pegabot.com.br. PegaBot (Portuguese for Bot Buster) is an online platform (www.pegabot.com.br) in which users can analyze the probability of whether a social profile is a bot or not. We created a service which uses the API developed by Indiana University called Botometer. In two days, the project has gone viral in Brazil and it has been accessed by more than 200 thousand people, demonstrating there is a large demand for awareness regarding how manipulation in social media occurs. The project has currently two parts: the online tool and the creation of comprehensive education and awareness raising materials on how bots and social media manipulation are related. We are providing media literacy materials to inform every user of our project, including in terms of legal issues and how the Judiciary is dealing with bots. We intend to share what we have learned with the use of this online tool so far and also raise further applications for it by exchanging with colleagues that might have developed other successful instruments in this sense.

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