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The Emotion of Twitter as the Future of Interactive Television

The SyFy channel’s highest-rated unscripted series Face Off makes use of the next generation of Kalev’s Twitter research, used this past spring in Opposite Worlds, which set records across the board for Twitter engagement.

On Face Off, the system is once again being used to synthesize the conversation on Twitter, offering a realtime “leaderboard of the popularity of the show’s contestants!

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Mapping A World in Motion: A Daily Dashboard of Global Conflict


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Imagine a map that uses computers to “read” news reports from across the entire world each day, identifying the events described within and their locations, and placing all of that into a single interactive map, zoomable and clickable down to the level of a city or hilltop across the globe, summarizing in at glance our world in motion. Add on top of that an animation of global events over the past six months, placing current events into context and illuminating macro-level global trends.

Since GDELT first debuted just over one year ago, the single most-requested capability has been the creation of precisely such a map – a global dashboard summarizing everything happening around the world each day in a single visualization. It is therefore with enormous excitement that we announce the debut of an incredible new addition to the GDELT family, a prototype live global dashboard that offers an at-a-glance interactive map of global protests and conflict, drawn from GDELT’s quarter-billion-record archive of global human society and updated each morning, visualizing our collective world as captured through the eyes of the world’s news media monitored by GDELT.

Provided through the support of the United States Institute of Peace, this highly experimental prototype dashboard offers an overview of global protests (pink) and conflict (red) across the entire world, as monitored by the GDELT Project from the world’s news media, combining a rolling animated map of the past 180 days (visualizing macro-level spatial patterns) with a clickable map of major events monitored over the past 24 hours, updated each morning by 6AM EST (over the coming weeks it will begin to update every 15 minutes). Here, protests refer to any gathering identified by the news media as a “protest” or “demonstration”, while conflict events include military mobilizations, halting/reduction of aid or diplomatic relations, embargoes, boycotts and sanctions, coercion such as curfews, mass detaining and other forms of involuntary restrictions, and physical attacks.

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Twitter Research to Power Audience Interaction with SyFy’s Face Off Series

The SyFy channel’s highest-rated unscripted series Face Off will use the next generation of Kalev’s Twitter research, used this past spring in Opposite Worlds, to allow viewers the ability to directly affect the outcome of the show.    The technology helped Opposite Worlds become SyFy’s most social series premiere ever, SyFy.com’s top unscripted series debut ever, and its highest rated series premier among young females in six years, capturing more than a million viewers. Its debut ranked among the top five cable entertainment programs and was the #1 trending topic globally on Twitter and the show trended nationally every night it aired.

On Face Off, the system is once again being used to synthesize the conversation on Twitter, offering a realtime “leaderboard of the popularity of the show’s contestants!

Learn more about the technology.

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Kalev Named World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council Member

We are incredibly honored and excited to announce that GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru has been named as a  Council Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government for the 2014-2016 term!  This is an incredible honor and we are absolutely thrilled to have a chance to contribute to such an incredible organization!

The digital revolution is transforming politics and the nature of government. From education improvement and tax collection to better healthcare systems and job creation, technology is putting pressure on governments to deliver more with less. Citizens’ voices are increasingly present in public policy-making processes, and their demands for an “always-on”, connected government are intensifying through social media. Governments are realizing that technology can act as an enabler to transform government processes, enhancing the provision of public services and enabling higher productivity.

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