IEEE P7011 - News Site Trustworthiness Working Group

Title: Standard for the Process of Identifying and Rating the Trustworthiness of News Sources

Scope:  This standard provides semi-autonomous processes using standards to create and maintain news purveyor ratings for purposes of public awareness. It standardizes processes to identify and rate the factual accuracy of news stories in order to produce a rating of online news purveyors and the online portion of multimedia news purveyors. This process will be used to produce truthfulness scorecards through multi-faceted and multi-sourced approaches. The standard defines an algorithm using open source software and a score card rating system as methodology for rating trustworthiness as a core tenant in an effort to establish trust and acceptance.

Purpose: The purpose of the standard is to address the negative impacts of the unchecked proliferation of fake news by providing an open system of easy-to-understand ratings. In so doing, it shall assist in the restoration of trust in some purveyors, appropriately discredit other purveyors, provide a disincentive for the publication of fake news, and promote a path of improvement for purveyors wishing to do so. The standards shall target a representative sample set of news stories in order to provide a meaningful and accurate rating scorecard.

Need for the Project: Currently, no standardized method for evaluating truthfulness in internet news publications exists. Consumer are (unrealistically) expected to act as researchers in order to evaluate this essential quality of news and information. This has resulted in the proliferation of fake news, misinformation, and civil discord. Establishment of this standard will work to institutionalize an open, unbiased system for scoring and rating of news purveyors for the betterment of the public good.

Stakeholders for the Standard: News Media, Internet Search, Social Media, Online Advertising, software engineers, open source
community, general consumers, website developers.

Want to learn more?  An in-depth Q&A can be found at The Institute


Please join our e-mail list!

To subscribe to the Public Interest Email Reflector, please send an email to, containing the following text in the body of the message:

subscribe STDS-P7011-WG YourFirstName YourLastName

Subscribe note 1: Use of the e-mail subscribe instruction requires that you supply your First Name followed by your Last Name and will subscribe to the e-mail address from which the e-mail is sourced from. The e-mail subscribe instruction does not support an e-mail address field, if you try to use an e-mail address in the Name fields it will be rejected. If you wish to subscribe to an e-mail address other than the one which your e-mail is sourced from, for example, the IEEE e-mail alias, you will need to use the ListServ web interface. Use of this web interface will require the creation of a login but once this login has been created it will be used for all IEEE ListServ subscriptions you wish to manage.