Oxylabs' "Project 4beta" Partners With Debunk.org to Counter Disinformation
VILNIUS, Lithuania, May 10, 2023 (Newswire.com) - "Project 4β," a pro bono initiative by Oxylabs, is delighted to announce a new partnership with Debunk.org, an organization dedicated to countering online disinformation and state-sponsored internet propaganda. The partnership will provide Debunk.org with Oxylabs' cutting-edge web scraping technology and expertise to combat false information online on a pro bono basis.
The issue of disinformation in the digital age has long been of utmost importance. Due to recent events such as the pandemic and the Russo-Ukrainian war, the topic has now reached a critical level of significance: the rise of state-sponsored propaganda, social media manipulation, and disinformation makes it challenging to distinguish between accurate and false information without some level of expertise. Debunk.org is one of the most experienced organizations in countering disinformation and ensuring the public is aware of disinformation that targets them.
Through "Project 4β," Debunk.org will get free access to Oxylabs' out-of-the-box solutions, such as scraper APIs and the world's largest ethical proxy network, allowing the organization and its volunteers to gather publicly available data, make the fact-checking processes faster, and gain valuable insights for their research.
"Online disinformation can harm individuals, organizations, and society as a whole," said Julius Černiauskas, CEO of Oxylabs. "We are excited to partner with Debunk.org in their fight against malicious actors attempting to deceive the public. As a leading company in the web intelligence collection industry, we understand the power of big data and know that our solutions will assist the organization in their critical work."
"We are looking forward to enhancing Debunk.org capabilities with Oxylabs' tech," said Viktoras Dauksas, Head of Disinformation Analysis Center Debunk.org. "With the support of Oxylabs' advanced web scraping technology and expertise, we will be able to discover disinformation and other informational manipulation cases faster and at scale, ultimately empowering the public to make informed decisions in an increasingly complex digital landscape."
"Project 4β" has recently established partnerships with professors and researchers from a number of esteemed institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, London's Global University (UCL), Northwestern University, University of East London, Aivancity School for Technology, Business & Society, to name a few.
The program is also in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Department of Lithuania. The Oxylabs team is now developing a solution to help the department's specialists automatically collect online ads offering potentially illegal products and services.
The solution will help the department's inspectors save time and be more proactive in ensuring that citizens and legal persons comply with environmental legislation regulating environmental protection and the use of natural resources.
"Project 4β" is always on the lookout for new partnerships and welcomes academic institutions, researchers, NGOs, nonprofits, and other organizations, working with the most challenging societal missions to join the program.
Established in 2015, Oxylabs is a web intelligence acquisition solution and premium proxy provider, enabling companies of all sizes to utilize the power of big data. Constant innovation, an extensive patent portfolio, and a focus on ethics have allowed Oxylabs to become a global leader in the web intelligence collection industry and forge close ties with dozens of Fortune Global 500 companies. In 2022 and 2023, Oxylabs was named Europe's fastest-growing web intelligence acquisition company in the Financial Times' FT 1000 list. For more information, please visit: https://oxylabs.io.
Debunk.org is an independent technology think tank and NGO that carries out disinformation analysis and runs educational media literacy campaigns in 8 countries. The organisation has worked in the disinformation countering field since 2017. Our team focuses on a wide range of topics, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the migration crisis on the EU border with Belarus, COVID-19, NATO, hybrid warfare, energy politics, and monitoring elections. Debunk.org took part in the Ukraine War Disinfo Work Group, which unites NGOs and research centers from 14 countries and provides weekly reports on disinformation spread by the Kremlin about its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. For more information, please visit https://www.debunk.org.