I’ve been playing around a bit with auto-annotating news articles to foster better literacy reflexes in students. Here’s the latest work in progress: I’ve made an annotation bot that goes out and finds articles mentioning industry front groups and asks students to do research to confirm or deny the connection.
How does this work? I compiled a list of over 150 known front groups — groups that present as social activism groups, but are thought to be industry-funded astroturf.
Since most people don’t understand bots, I want to be really clear about what I’m about to show you. Contextbot doesn’t