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The Search for Reliable Information, Part 2

French novelist Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” American poet Theodore Roethke similarly stated, “In a dark time, the eye begins to see.” Never has it been more important, or urgent, to look at the world with fresh eyes.

On Sunday, an NBC/WSJ survey found that 60% of Americans believe the worst is yet to come when it comes to COVID-19. Yet, somehow, a majority also said the virus will change their lives in only a small way or not at all. The same day the survey was released, media and government officials were aghast at images of overflowing bars, restaurants and beaches. Their warnings were not getting through. 

Media sources have struggled to present the realities of the pandemic on their own. Last week, we looked at some of the alternative cohorts stepping in to fill the information gap. Even in the last couple of days, we've seen the increased need for digital networks with expertise and context that goes beyond headlines.

We're continuing to address this information crisis by highlighting the most credible sources we’ve found — this time with an added emphasis on diverse resource types, including Twitter lists, content aggregators, data visualizations and deep reporting.

In a great take about the mental habits required to grasp the future, Jane McGonigal from the Institute of the Future says we must quickly train our brains to get comfortable with uncomfortable possibilities. For much of the planet, our quickly impending future is already a reality. And our time to change that future is running out. The fracture in our collective understanding of what's to come can only be addressed by expanding our imagination. A well-rounded list of resources can help widen our field of vision. 

Twitter Lists
I’ve found Twitter to be the best place to follow real-time updates, consequences and expert perspective across health, economics, media and disinformation practices. People like 
Balaji S. SrinivasanPeter AttiaScott GottliebHelen BranswellClaire Wardle and Tyler Cowen are deep sources of real-time expertise that haven't all broken through to the mainstream. Great Twitter lists worth following are popping up from curators including Naval RavikantNoah Brier and Abe Brown. I also aggregated thirty sources in this list here

Content Curators
A growing group of thoughtful curators can direct us to the most critical, credible information. Collaborative sources that aggregate official resources and background reading are emerging, like this 
Google Doc and the #coronavirussyllabus. Datawrapper has assembled 17 responsible live visualizations about the coronavirus. The Allen Institute for AI also partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 29,000 scholarly articles, including over 13,000 with full text, for use by the global research community. And others have focused on gathering resources to help people work and learn more smoothly from home. 

Data Visualizations
We're seeing more data simulations and dashboards go mainstream around the world, including the Washington Post's 
curve simulator, which highlights the importance of social distancing to slow the COVID-19 spread. Information is Beautiful has shared a coronavirus data pack that will be frequently updated with new graphics. The Financial Times is mapping the virus and its economic impact with up-to-date figures. And Bing released a live COVID tracker similar to some others we've seen — but has a better mobile experience than most. 

Deep Reporting
Another crucial part of an expert network is deep reporting and analysis from a range of investigative journalists. Examples include 
The Atlantic which has been publishing remarkable, discomforting reporting on second- and third-order impact. The same is true of front-line reporting from ProPublica, The Guardian’s global coverage and outbreak-related points-of-view from The New York Times’ Charlie Warzel. Individual articles from the likes of Wired have emphasized that extreme circumstances, especially when related to public health, require more stringent rules around misinformation, not better application of existing rules. And on the culture front, publications are highlighting the rise of new practices like digital hangouts, as people around the world search for ways to connect with friends and family without leaving their homes. 

Where else can we turn?

Chris Perry


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Emerging Technology
Netflix Party Lets Friends Have Movie Nights While Social Distancing. Here's How it Works
By Charles Trepany
USA Today
Just because you're social distancing in response to coronavirus doesn't mean you and your friends have to forgo your movie nights or TV watch parties.

Thanks to a Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party, groups of friends can get together virtually and watch their favorite Netflix titles on their computers at the same time. The extension also comes with a chat room, so you can share your reactions to the programs as you watch.
Deep Take
Coronavirus Resources for Reporters
By First Draft
Check out First Draft’s resource hub for reporting on coronavirus. They've created and collected guidance to support accurate and responsible reporting on coronavirus, which will be regularly updated with new information. It covers: 
  • Newsgathering and verification tools
  • Ethics and responsible reporting guidance
  • A database of debunks of mis- and disinformation
  • Data and information sources
  • A searchable reading list
  • FAQs that journalists may have
  • Links to sign up for video calls on reporting coronavirus
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