Peter Cunliffe-Jones

Checking the facts


“Fake News - so what?”

The Big Idea


Peter Cunliffe-Jones is heading up AfricaCheck, checking claims that public figures and institutions make against the best available public information.

The idea is to change the all-too-easy flow of disinformation, promote accuracy in public debate and kick-start a healthy skeptical reflex among the public and the media in Africa, in response to claims made by individuals, organisations and governments.

Why We Funded


At the Shuttleworth Foundation we believe that access to information is pivotal to good decision-making and should be a basic right for everyone. The question Peter is helping us explore is: What does making sense of information look like?

What is missing from the media headlines? How do we make the most of the information we, as the public, have access to? How do we distinguish true from false, map relationships that encourage bias, or simply determine that no definitive answer exists yet? This is an essential skill for all to be effective citizens of the open web.

Peter’s work focuses on:

  • Delivering accurate responses and analysis of claims made in the public arena
  • Creating educational fact-checking tools and resources to help individuals, businesses and organisations critically engage with information
  • Contributing to a more open, honest web

Funding Breakdown


People
Marketing
Software
Travel
Infrastructure
Training
Office space
Legal

2016

Fellow contribution: $12,931.00
Our contribution: $238,514.84
Total funds: $251,445.84

2017

Fellow contribution: $22,245.23
Our contribution: $300,582.58
Total funds: $322,827.81

2018

Fellow contribution: $14,325.25
Our contribution: $188,877.23
Total funds: $203,202.48
Total funding to date:
$777,476.13

Flash Grants


Male
Cris Chinaka
zimfact.org/
Male
Emmanuel Vincent
climatefeedback.org/
Female
Laura Zommer
chequeado.com/equipo/
Male
Alexios Mantzarlis
www.poynter.org/category/...