We are drowning in information of uncertain veracity.
We store 2.5M times more digital info than 40 years ago. While digital info access has increased exponentially, our ability to process information has stayed the same.
Today’s Internet of pages connected by links optimizes for linear reading. But it is poor for processing large amounts of info and discerning accuracy.
Hence, today’s Internet is overwhelming, confusing, and fraught with contentious and disingenuous info.
Misinformation causes confusion and misleads people to believe things that are false or to disbelieve things that are true. Pew Research found that 71% of US adults sometimes or often see made-up political news online. Misleading information is sufficiently prevalent such that only 4% of U.S. adults have a lot of trust in info on social media.
The overwhelming amount and uncertain veracity of info leads to apathy, inaction, and poor choices on the individual and collective basis that threaten our survival.
Bridgit is making the web more like the human brain with respect to connectedness. Bridgit decentralizes linking so users can build “bridges” on any page that connect information on an idea by idea basis – pieces of text, image, video, and/or audio – and have a relationship (eg., supporting).
Bridgit is a browser overlay. When a user comes to a page where a bridge has been built and focuses their attention near the bridge, an overlay will display the available bridges. Users can also make notes, start conversations, and initiate collaborations on any page. Activities can be private, public, or visible only to specific communities of interest.
Bridgit provides an unprecedented opportunity for advocacy and community-based organizations and their local audiences to connect as networked communities of engaged citizens around common interests. Communities can work together to inform themselves about the local issues and resources that are most relevant to their lives.
How We Are Innovative
We decentralize the link and connect publicly available information on an idea-by-idea basis through “bridges.” As communities connect ideas across pages and topics, patterns will reveal themselves, and more truth and understanding will rise to the surface of human consciousness as collective cognitive breakthroughs, thereby revealing paths towards resolution of seemingly intractable problems like Climate Change.
Bridgit is a browser overlay so it’s available on every page and enables the community to expose false news right where it is. We enable users to earn tokens for the value they create in the network. We support discovery orders of magnitude more effective than search.