Using GDELT Summary To Track Wildlife Crime

One of the most powerful features of GDELT Summary is the ability it gives you to search across the world's languages, offering familiar keyword searching across the English machine translations of worldwide news coverage in 65 languages. This ensures you are able to find coverage regardless of what country it was published in or what language […]

GDELT Source Lookup: Outlet Formal Names And Icons

When displaying human-friendly results based on GDELT's data, its often useful to show the formal name of a news outlet instead of its domain name, such as "CNN" instead of "" or "Washington Post" instead of "". Towards that end, we've released a new dataset that attempts to identify the short formal name of each […]

DOC 2.0 Updates: 1.5 Year Searching And Updated Mobile Interface

It was just this past January that the DOC 2.0 API was extended from searching just the last three months of coverage to searching a rolling window of the past full year of coverage. We're excited to announce today that instead of a rolling window of one year of coverage, the DOC 2.0 API will now […]

Mapping The Geography Of Words Through A Year Of Global News

Having spent more than a decade mapping the world through the lens of textual geography, we've become fascinated with the hidden geography of language, especially the natural geographic affinity of individual words. Take the word "love." What might it look like if one was to take a large sample of all of the worldwide news […]

Online Continuous-Time Tensor Factorization Based on Pairwise Interactive Point Processes

GDELT is used as one of the datasets being analyzed in a paper titled "Online Continuous-Time Tensor Factorization Based on Pairwise Interactive Point Processes" by Hongteng Xu, Dixin Luo and Lawrence Carin of Infinia ML, Inc and Duke University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be presented at the 2018 International Joint Conference on Artificial […]

Mapping The Media: A Geographic Lookup Of GDELT's Sources

Given GDELT's incredibly unique ability to peer across the world's languages courtesy of its mass machine translation infrastructure, a common application is to compare coverage of major events in different countries. Doing so requires the ability to place news outlets geographically in space. At first glance, placing a news outlet on a map might seem […]

Mapping The 2015-2018 Media Geography In One Line of SQL

In 2015 we created a map of the geography of the world's media as seen through a year of GDELT's eyes, yielding a clickable map where you could see the top 5 outlets publishing the greatest volume of content about each city on earth. Today we've updated that analysis, enhancing it from a single absolute […]

Geographic FeatureID To Common Name Crosswalk May 2018 Update

While we tend to think of geographic locations as having just one name, in reality they can have dozens or even hundreds of alternative names, name variants and name transliterations. When geocoding a news article, GDELT records the location name as it appeared in the article, which is why we recommend using the FeatureID field […]

Would Ad-Free Facebook Really Mean Surveillance-Free Facebook?

Would an "ad-free" Facebook really mean "surveillance free," does it really matter when the data brokers will continue buying and selling our data and will privacy belong only to the rich – no matter what, it is clear Facebook won’t give up its users’ data without a fight. Read The Full Article.

Estonia's Bright Vision For A Digital-First Future

Estonia's model of innovation, proactive legislation facilitating public discourse and absolute enshrinement of personal control, consent and transparency over data reminds us what we could learn from the pioneer of e-government and what a bright future in a digital-first society can look like. The story was widely tweeted, including by former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik […]

It's Time For Facebook To Stop Talking And Start Listening

Perhaps in a world where social media platforms actually listened to the voices they were designed to empower, they could bring the planet’s seven and a half billion citizens together to build a shared, democratic, bright digital future filled with hope. Read The Full Article.

Zuckerberg Silently Deletes His Past Into The Orwellian Memory Hole

Zuckerberg is secretly airbrushing away his past, silently reaching into other peoples' private Messenger inboxes to selectively delete any imperfect traces of his past into the digital memory hole – even Orwell couldn't have imagined it better. Read The Full Article.

Facebook's Medical Research Project Shows It Just Doesn't Understand Consent

To Facebook we are all just data points to be secretly exploited, rather than human individuals whose informed consent must be gained – let's hope the future of data-driven medicine is more like Estonia's in which individuals have absolute ownership and control of their information. Read The Full Article.