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Mavin - Fighting fake news, bad bots and online trolls





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{"ops":[{"insert":"Mavin will be an open-source network to fight"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":" fake news, bad bots and online trolls by bringing anonymous accountability and reputation to the web."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"There is a serious trust problem on the internet. A relevant example of this is the famous saying “On the internet, nobody knows if you are a dog”. The consequence of it is that as a result of this openness, anonymity and lack of accountability is that we now live in a world where fake (news) is the new normal, trolls and bad bots control the internet, and online accountability is non-existent."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000"},"insert":"As the spread of misinformation around the Coronavirus has shown, this is something that needs to be solved urgently. Mavin will be an ecosystem consisting of several tools to enable internet users to rate content (articles, news, academic papers, social media posts or comments) based on quality and fake news probability thereby bringing trust to content."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"Fake (news) has become the questionable new world standard. It is accepted, initiated and even embraced by many organisations. It is being used to influence individuals and large populations through intentional misinformation for the sake of political, commercial and religious purposes. Up until now, the authors of such content were free to spread their opinions without ever being held accountable. This has led to many significant conflicts and power play around the world. This needs to stop. That is why we have designed a solution that has the ability to change this fraudulent system in a transparent, rewarding and inclusive way."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"Now, imagine a world where fake news, click farms, bad bots or trolls are no longer a problem and where anonymity is still possible, but accountability a given to safeguard freedom of speech and unbiased, independent content. So anyone can publish or comment anonymously, while still being fully accountable. Does this sound like Utopia?"},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent","bold":true},"insert":"WELCOME TO THE MAVIN MOVEMENT"},{"attributes":{"align":"center"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"Mavin is an independent and not-for-profit foundation. Our mission is to reward honest, authentic, fact-based and high-quality content. As well as to discredit and expose fake news, bad bots and trolls intended to wrongly inform its audience for whatever purpose. We bring accountability to the web but allow internet users to remain anonymous to warrant true freedom of speech. "},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"Why are we called Mavin? A mavin "},{"attributes":{"color":"#1155cc","link":"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maven"},"insert":"is"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":" “a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass timely and relevant knowledge on to others in a respective field”. As such, we invite all content creators and their critics around the globe to share their expertise in a timely, relevant and above all truthful, unbiased and honest way. We seek to create an environment in which facts remain facts and in which trust in media and content will return. It is our objective to expose and/or ban fake news, bad bots and trolls, not by left- or right-wing polarisation but by the inclusive and objective Mavin Movement. The Mavin Movement is about authors, academics, journalists, editors, bloggers as well as expert critics, reviewers and commenters coming together to bring accountability to the web. Combined with AI, Mavin will allow users to filter the good from the bad, the real from the fake. This will bring accountability and responsibility to the web, through collective reputation building. Accessible to all, tokenised and rewarding."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"On the Mavin platform, authors of content, as well as reviewers, are held accountable while still warranting privacy through a safe environment in which personal data will not be exposed. This anonymous accountability, enabled using private smart contracts, will protect and improve the right to freedom of speech. Users’ reputation will be immutable, traceable and verifiable."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"The reputation defines the weight of ratings and value of any article or content creator. An expert review will have more weight than a non-expert rating. It will become more improbable to artificially influence (political) discourse as bots and trolls cannot participate in the movement."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"Next to the contribution of open-source AI, the crowd and many reputable experts in the various topics, we will also actively seek to facilitate independent journalist collectives such as First Draft, ICIJ or Bellingcat, to verify and fact check content brought forward by the Mavin Movement. Users creating or spreading misinformation (whether anonymous or public) will see their reputation drastically reduced, will need to pay for creating content and eventually can be (temporarily) banned. Structural bad behaviour will result in a (temporary) negative reputation affecting the monetisation opportunities and weight of ratings. Users with an exceptionally high reputation will become a Mavin and granted a stake in the Mavin Foundation and as such influence the direction of the foundation."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"Mavin will incorporate purpose-driven tokenisation. Any stakeholder of the Mavin Movement can earn, spend and exchange MVN tokens, which is directly influenced by one’s reputation. Mavin will be developed by a non-profit foundation and will run on an autonomous public, permissioned blockchain infrastructure."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"The vision of Mavin is to introduce an immutable reputation to the internet, and with that bring accountability to the web while allowing people to still publish or comment anonymously. As such, building on our introduction, with Mavin, in the future, the saying goes: “On the internet, nobody knows if you are a dog, but at least you know if it is a good or bad dog.” "},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"To achieve our vision of bringing trust to the web, we will build multiple tools. Our first tool is a browser plugin that allows users to rate articles across the web and is currently live as our MVP on "},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","link":"https://gitcoin.co/grants/datafloq.com/plugin"},"insert":"datafloq.com/plugin"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":". This will help to fight fake news and will give content a quality score and authors across the web a reputation. As such, authors can be held accountable for whatever news they will be spreading in a way that is fair, open while warranting the privacy of these authors and their commenters. Through a detailed analysis of both AI and real-time reader feedback, articles across the web can be rated, based on their quality, fake news probability and the likelihood of plagiarism. Reviewers will be awarded FLOQ tokens for their contribution. This tokenised approach will warrant active engagement. Authors that publish articles on Datafloq will also receive tokens depending on the quality of their article and their reputation. Datafloq also launched a new search engine. This will allow users to find articles, or authors, based on quality, reputation, fake news probability or plagiarism probability — a novelty for the web. Once Mavin is launched, users can exchange their FLOQ tokens for MVN tokens."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"The 2nd tool that we will build is a WordPress/Joomla plugin, which enables websites to install the features of the browser plugin native on their website, thereby offering a more seamless experience to the users. The plugin will reward authors that publish an article with MVN tokens depending on the quality of their article and their reputation. We will put copyright of the article on the blockchain and we will allow the author and website to charge MVN tokens for reading content. In addition, websites can require a minimum reputation score to comment and authors can publish anonymously, while the quality of the content would still influence their reputation. Finally, advertisement revenue will be shared directly with the author, the publishing platform and Mavin. The share of revenue for the author and publisher will be determined by their reputation and together they can earn up to 98%."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"The 3rd tool will be an API to enable non-WordPress websites to also benefit from our reputation protocol. Apart from the above-mentioned features, they will have access to a real-time dashboard showing how readers perceive their content. Large publishers will pay per API call above a certain threshold."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"The 4th tool is Mavin’s App/Web, which will allow users to find, rate and read articles/authors based on their quality and reputation. It will also allow them to stake their reputation in author users, giving them a kickstart in their reputation. Users pay MVN tokens to follow other users (preventing fake followers) or to upvote/downvote. Content from associated publishing platforms will be shown in their own environment."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"The objective of Mavin is to bring (anonymous) accountability to the internet, and with that bring reputation and trust to the web."},{"attributes":{"align":"justify"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"color":"#000000","background":"transparent"},"insert":"If you believe in a vision of a more transparent, accountable and inclusive news and content environment on the web and you are willing to help us in achieving that vision, we would love to get in touch with you."},{"insert":"\n"}]}

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