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Emmanuel Mashandudze

Business Intelligence, Tools and Process Specialist, Witwatersrand University

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Internet being the information highway that it is, how could we make the content we find on it legitimate and genuine facts.

In the free world of information sharing, can the Internet be a reliable source of information ever? How will the Internet be a true version of the truth? Could there be a code of conduct on the Internet to sift junk and make the Internet a highway of reliable, trustworthy information?

Topics: Internet

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    Oct 15 2013: I love the internet - the information super highway. I don't look for truth in on the internet, I look for information, empirical data which then enables me to find the truth. Getting to the truth of a subject and finding the truth in the babble of information which is out here we need to be open-minded to discovering things we might not like or agree with, and use our own ability to discern what is right, what is wrong, what is a truth and that which is a lie or in some other way a distortion of the truth..
    I guess a lot depends on what truth you are searching for. If you were seeking the truth on how the solar systems works I would suggest that there is a lot of scientific data both historic and current which is true and correct, published out here on the internet, same goes for many of the pure sciences. However when it comes to more challenging aspects of 21st century living such as politics, economics, climate change, the benefits or not of new engineering processes such as fracking or GMO, etc., again a tonne and a half of information, but not all of it is true and this is where critical thinking and the ability to analyse the data comes into play.
    Like many others who have responded to this question, I too read the opinion pieces by multiple authors and am know to do my own research, and write my own critical pieces from time to time.
    I also think that once you have digested the information, data and opinions, instincts come into play - in the same way that one knows when someone is lying to them in the real world, I would suggest that we can tell when someone is trying to lie to us in the written word - you just get that feeling that while there might be a kernel of truth in what is being said, there is not quite right with the proposition or the way it is being presented.
    I'm not 100% convinced that paying for information makes the information any better or more truthful than the information which is freely available. Getting to the truth is a quest.

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