Keeping politicians honest in Slovakia

Nov 17, 2011
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Politicians have a way with words.  Sometimes they also have a way with facts.  That is to say, they have their way with the facts.  That’s why new sites are popping up around the world to keep politicians honest and hold them to their promises. A website in Slovakia, Demagog.sk, is doing just that.

Taking its inspiration from successful precursors in the U.S. like FactCheck.org, the site takes politicians’ claims and fact checks them to see how honest a politician is. So far the site has more than 50 politicians listed.

Jakub Gornicki posted a great interview with the founder of the site, Matej Hruska, on GlobalVoices. Hruska talks about the challenges of the project and how crowdsourcing can be both a benefit and a hindrance to achieving the site’s goals.

Photos from here and homepage are screencaps taken from Demagog.sk

 


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Joshua Boissevain

Joshua Boissevain is a research associate and editorial assistant at Transitions Online. He's also a freelance journalist and photographer based in Prague. Find him on twitter at @joshboissevain.
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