Why Google's Inclusive Images Challenge Is So Important

Google's new data challenge targets the geographic and cultural skew in the training datasets that underlie so much of the machine vision world today and seeks new approaches to training deep learning systems on highly biased datasets without inheriting their biases. Read The Full Article.

Why Facebook's New User Trustworthiness Scores Are So Frightening

Facebook is transitioning from passive data archive to active profiling services provider: from offline mass surveillance facial recognition to “trust” ratings, we see a company that puts even China’s mass surveillance and societal-scale profiling ambitions to shame. Read The Full Article.

What Does It Mean To Live Our Entire Lives Under Digital Surveillance?

We live in a world in which our every word and action is recorded and preserved for perpetuity by myriad companies across the globe, our children chase approval from total strangers and algorithms profile and guide us towards products, services and beliefs they think will best suit us. Read The Full Article.

Why Government And Social Media Platforms Must Cooperate To Fight Misinformation

The events of 2016 were the result not of an unforeseeable event or technological breakthrough, but rather of hubris and failure of imagination. Only by governments and social media platforms working together can we rein in disinformation, while the only true fix is to improve information literacy. Read The Full Article.

Is Social Media Content Moderation An Impossible Task?

Social media was portrayed as empowering all with the protections and guarantees of the Western world, but the realities of being global businesses meant they have instead embarked upon a race to the bottom. Read The Full Article.

Why We Still Need Human Moderators In An AI-Powered World

Twitter let a violent image remain up for hours due to its overreliance on human moderation, while Facebook mistakenly removed an image due to its overreliance on algorithmic moderation – what do these two cases teach us about the critical importance of context and the human touch? Read The Full Article.

How Smartphones And Social Media Taught Us It's Ok To Be Paparazzi

We live the world through our phones today, visually document our lives like photojournalists and share everything we see like paparazzi, think nothing of snapping someone's photograph and sharing it with the world and see permission and consent as outdated quaint notions of a former era. Read The Full Article.

EWTN: Does Social Media Treat Conservatives Unfairly?

Kalev appeared on EWTN News Nightly this evening to discuss social media's moderation efforts, their Congressional testimony today and why their refusal to release statistics about their moderation efforts raises concern. See The Interview.

Customer Service In The Social Media Era: Complain Publicly Or Get Nothing

The power of social media to allow an aggrieved customer the ability to reach a quarter of the Earth's population with a single post means companies offer tremendous concessions to customers to avoid negative social press, but are they inadvertently promoting the very behavior they hope to stop? Read The Full Article.

Understanding False Positives In the New GDG

The new GDELT Global Difference Graph (GDG) announced this morning is an immensely powerful platform that we hope will profoundly reshape how we understand the fluidity on the online news sphere through which we understand the world around us. This initial GDG release is an alpha grade system, meaning among other things it has an […]

VGKG 2.0 Adds Histogram-Based Image Entropy Filtering And WEBP Support

The GDELT Visual Global Knowledge Graph (VGKG) performs a number of filtering steps on candidate images estimated by the document extraction system to be a meaningful part of the news article text in order to reduce the total number of images passed to Google's Cloud Vision API to just those most likely to yield high […]

Lessons Learned From Planetary Scale News Crawling

Running a global crawling and processing infrastructure that monitors news outlets in nearly every country in over 65 languages is an immense undertaking involving an incredible number of moving parts that teaches us a tremendous amount each day about the technical underpinnings of the global news landscape. Few open data projects operate at the scale […]

WashPost: All The President's Watergates

The Washington Post's Philip Bump uses the Television Explorer to examine how the major television networks have contextualized the events of the Trump Presidency in the context of his own "watergate." Read The Full Article.