Why Facebook's Breach Should Mean #DeleteFacebook But Won't

The sad truth is that Facebook's network has become so ingrained in society across the world that we simply cannot function without it anymore and thus we'll look past the latest breach. What must change to make the Facebooks of the world more like the Googles? Read The Full Article.

Google's BigQuery Brings GIS Into The Petascale Era

BigQuery’s unique ability to couple petascale query infrastructure with thousands or even tens of thousands of cores and apply it on demand will allow us to fundamentally rethink both the scale of how we incorporate space into our analyses and the kinds of questions that are now within our reach. Read The Full Article.

Why Instagram's New Anti-Bullying Filtering Is So Dangerous

From their early roots as absolute defenders of free speech, social media platforms have embraced black box filtering without any accountability into how what we see and say are being profoundly reshaped every day. Bullying is far too important of a societal issue to address in secrecy and shadows. Read The Full Article.

No Google Isn't Trying To Censor The Web

Google's presentation captures a company not presenting a vision for global internet censorship, but rather a company asking the most important question of all: how to preserve the freedom of the web while protecting it from the darkest corners of society and to do so before it is too late. Read The Full Article.

Can We Finally Stop Terrorists From Exploiting Social Media?

Hash-based blacklisting has become the dominate approach to fighting terrorism online, but fails to understand context. We have the tools to truly combat terrorist posts, but will Silicon Valley finally decide to bring its immense capabilities to bear on its terrorism problem? Read The Full Article.

Is Social Media Empowering Or Silencing Our Voices?

The social media platforms that once empowered the world’s citizenry have instead today silenced those voices, elevated the elites and created a surveillance state that George Orwell would be proud of. Read The Full Article.

Do We Need To Teach Ethics And Empathy To Data Scientists?

Standing between a safe and privacy-first web and an Orwellian online dystopia is the empathy and ethics of those creating our digital world – what would happen if technical curriculums prioritized those two concepts with the same intensity they emphasize technical understanding? Read The Full Article.

WashPost: Go For It, Brian Kilmeade

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple used the Television Explorer to explore trends in how the major networks have covered the national debt story. Read The Full Article.

A Globalized Cloud For A Globalized World

The modern public cloud is increasingly abstracting away the impact of geography, allowing companies to deploy globalized applications without changing a line of code. Read The Full Article.

What Facebook's Address Book Mining Tells Us About Our Privacy

Facebook’s silent practice of mining uploaded address books for contact information on other users reminds us that little has changed post-Cambridge Analytica, while questions about the company's transparency remind us that it is truly time to stop blindly trusting the social platforms. Read The Full Article.

Will Twitter's New Democratic Policymaking Succeed?

Twitter announces it will involve its users in setting policy, but its inaugural attempt falls short. Instead, we need transparency and local policies that embrace diversity and our international differences. Read The Full Article.

Why Facebook's Breach Shouldn't Turn Us Away From Single Sign On

Facebook's breach raises questions about Single Sign On systems, but if the web embraced Estonia's model of hardware cryptographic identities instead of treating two factor as an anti-phishing feature and socials saw our data as being as valuable as we do, we could finally have a secure web. Read The Full Article.

What Facebook's Breach Teaches Us About How It Views Security

Most remarkable about the Facebook story is not that a breach happened, but rather that the company took so long to detect it and the risk of blackmail or election interference from the stolen data, while the breach itself reminds us of the incredible value of our data. Read The Full Article.

New Hybrid Relevance Mode For DOC 2.0 API

Historically the DOC 2.0 API has sorted its results according to the default ElasticSearch textual relevancy scoring model. Given GDELT's incredibly deep reach across the world, this means the API frequently returns as its top results coverage that is highly textually relevant but which originates from obscure small outlets that lack the broader focus and contextualization […]

Why Can't Facebook Do Better At Fact Checking Photos And Videos?

We have the technologies to automatically verify many aspects of photographs and videos online, from examining their provenance to verifying their description and evaluating embedded memes. Why don’t companies like Facebook embrace them? Read The Full Article.