Professors get $300,000 grant for digital fake-news detector
September 1, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Two Penn State professors have received $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop technology that will enable digital devices to weed out fake news.
The university says information sciences and technology professor Dongwon Lee and communications professor S. Shyam Sundar are working on the project.
Lee says fake news "has been around for decades" but has been "exacerbated" on the internet and social media platforms.
The professors plan to investigate "characteristic indicators of fake news" and develop complex formulas that will enable digital de...