What is Skeptical Software Tools? It is the primary blog for Tim Farley.
About Tim Farley
The author of this site is Tim Farley, who is a computer application security analyst and software developer in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Tim has over 25 years of experience in the software industry, primarily in the PC world but now focusing on web application security. He has done reverse engineering of software for security and compatibility purposes, and taught others to do so professionally. He has participated in the creation of leading computer security software tools at two different software companies. His research has resulted in two patents, with a third to be issued soon. He has written articles for publication in Skeptical Inquirer, asp.netPRO, LAN Times, PC Techniques, Windows Developers Journal, Netware Solutions and others.
Tim is a Research Fellow for the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) specializing in electronic media. He researched the information in the JREF’s Today in Skeptic History iPhone app. He also blogs at JREF’s blog.
You can read more about Tim Farley at his biography on Wikipedia.
About This Site
This site is dedicated to developing advanced tools and techniques for use by skeptics in fighting the battle against misinformation on the world wide web. It originated with the ideas in a presentation given by Tim at The Amazing Meeting 6 on June 22, 2008. We discuss techniques that you can use on your own web site, publish tools that you can use here, and otherwise try to advance the state of the art of skepticism on the web.
A recent major focus for the site has been encouraging skeptics to get involved in various crowdsourced activities such as editing Wikipedia, rating sites on Web of Trust, reporting quacks with Fishbarrel and so on.
Another recent major focus for the site is measuring what skeptics do online in various ways.
Occasionally posts are cross-posted both here and at the JREF’s blog at randi.org, but they are always marked as such. Usually I post more high-level overview material there, and deeper more technical material here.