Afternoon Toolbox – November 1, 2012 – Sandy fakes, WOT and podcast awards

Morning Toolbox (which sometimes appears in the afternoon) is a daily digest of interesting tools and techniques that skeptics can use online.

Apologies for the recent missed toolboxes, been very busy this week with real life stuff and a shortage of links for you.  I may start doing these toolboxes on an as-needed basis, perhaps three times a week.  Let me know what you think.

First off, big congratulations to Web of Trust for reaching 50 million downloads!  I’ve blogged a bunch about Web of Trust and how it is a great tool for skeptics. Now you are reaching even more people with it.

Meanwhile Russian ISP mail.ru is expanding into other countries. Why do I mention that? This is the same ISP that recently started bundling Web of Trust for their customers.

Read on for more tools and ideas for skeptics working online…

As I mentioned last week when they teased it, PunditTracker has now announced the PT Challenge. By simply voting on whether you agree with predictions recorded on the site, you will be scored on whether you predict better than the experts. You can win a featured slot on their site!

Atlantic Wire has the interesting story of the “biggest Internet troll of all time” – a New York hedge fund manager who was anonymously spreading rumors about Hurricane Sandy, but was outed.

That wasn’t the only Sandy fakery, there were tons of photographic fakes circulated. They were debunked by Snopes, by The Atlantic and by the photo fakery experts at FourAndSix.

Don’t forget you can vote in the Stitcher Podcast Awards once per day until November 5th.  And today voting opened in another set of Podcast Awards as well!  Vote for your skeptic favorites once per day for both of those awards.

Follow me on Twitter at @krelnik.  You can submit stories there or via submit at whatstheharm.net.

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About Tim Farley
Focused on online misinformation, Tim Farley is a software engineer, computer security expert and scientific skeptic who created the site What's The Harm. He is a Past Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

One Response to Afternoon Toolbox – November 1, 2012 – Sandy fakes, WOT and podcast awards

  1. sgerbic says:

    I look forward to my daily dose of Skeptical Software Tools, but I would be okay if you posted only 3 times a week. I know that these are very time consuming to produce. I think instead of forcing yourself to do these daily, Aim for 3 times a week, but if you have the time and content then post more often. It’s not as if we are paying you. Anything you turn out for us is a bonus.

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