‘This is an open investigation, and we need your help monitoring the campaigns, companies, governments, and other actors involved’Kevin Delaney, Quartz EIC
Quartz will gather tips and examples from the public for a new investigative project and use machine learning to sort through the ‘troves’ of information. A series of investigations will roll-out one at a time, each focused by theme.
Their first topic is online political influence. Quartz promises to ‘investigate and expose coordinated efforts to sway, confuse, and divide the US electorate ahead of the 2020 presidential election.’ They say machine learning will help them ‘uncover leads and insights nearly impossible to find otherwise.’
Quartz wants people anywhere to take part. They have an online sign-up and offer a tool participants can use to automatically upload suspicious political ads they see on Facebook.
Four staffers will be in the investigations team, led by Quartz AI studio veteran John Keefe. The initiative was announced by Editor in chief Kevin Delaney in a post.