While we started working on Tattle in 2018, Tattle was legally incorporated in 2019. The organization completed its first year as a legal entity on March 25th 2020.
Tattle purposefully chose to be an open source project. We believe transparency is critical to build trust in the work we do. And trust is vital for a project aiming to address challenges of excess and misleading information. In this annual report we list all that we have done through the last one year. Through writing this we realized- we are only just getting started. We hired the first full time employee in September 2019. Now, Tattle is supported by three full time staff members and a network of volunteers and interns.
This March, we shared the Stakeholder Map that we came up with in early 2019. This map helps ground our brainstorming sessions on citizen driven action against misinformation. Amongst all these different stakeholders, Tattle focuses on three:
In this first year, Tattle’s work has been most useful for researchers. For example, the fact-checking sites dataset that Tattle released has been used by researchers to understand Covid specific trends. In 2020, we’ll focus on adding more datasets and building tools that fact-checking groups can use out-of-the-box. All the while, we’ll be adding more functionalities for motivated chat app users to search through the archive in Indian languages and through different modalities (video, audio, mixed-media).
AI Ethics Grant: 100K USD
The primary cost drivers for the project this year were:
Through the year, several people have worked with and helped the project grow:
Finally, we'd like to remember Keshav Joshi. He worked with Tattle full time for four months in 2019. He is responsible for much of the fact-checking sites data that we've shared with researchers and is driving Tattle Khoj. He passed away in 2020. We remember him of course for his contributions to the project but also for his quirks and jokes. He believed and reminded us, that everything is learnable- an important reminder for Tattle where we must keep learning, often across disciplines, to be effective in our work.