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March 6, 2012, 9 a.m.

Live blogging #truthicon: Truthiness in Digital Media conference at Harvard

Journalists, hackers, and legal scholars discuss the elusive values of truth and objectivity in news.

We’re attending the Truthiness in Digital Media conference today at Harvard’s Berkman Center, which brings together journalists, hackers, and legal scholars to discuss the elusive values of truth and objectivity in news.

I’ll be live blogging (and tweeting #truthicon on @NiemanLab) the most interesting bits of conversation throughout the day. Watch this space.

POSTED     March 6, 2012, 9 a.m.
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