At its core, the GDELT Project is about helping us understand and make sense of the rapidly evolving world around us. From estimating global risk in realtime to letting us see the world through the eyes of others, GDELT is about bringing the world together, breaking down linguistic and geographic barriers to create a global […]
The Washington Post's Philip Bump explores how Fox News' coverage influences Trump's focus of the day. Includes a fascinating vertical timeline of coverage of several key topics. Read The Full Article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fighting deep fakes with on-camera digital signatures will help repressive governments track down dissidents but do little to combat forgeries as codes are compromised or spoofed using a few pieces of cardboard and a plastic lens. Read The Full Article.
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.
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.
The future of how "deep fakes" could impact the political landscape. Read The Full Article.
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.
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.
Why are the data-obsessed social media platforms so reluctant to share statistics that support their narratives of ideological neutrality and what does this tell us about the dangers of implicit human and algorithmic bias? Read The Full Article.
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.
The New Yorker's profile of Glenn Greenwald uses the GDELT Television Explorer to briefly mention that he helped popularize the phrase "deep state." Read The Full Article.
Xiaoyan Lu and Boleslaw K. Szymanski model virality trajectories of online media using the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Blue Gene/Q supercomputer. Read The Full Paper.
Instead of retrenching after the Cambridge Analytica privacy backlash, Facebook has been pushing into both the medical and financial sectors, suggesting the lesson Silicon Valley has learned is that the era of privacy is over. Read The Full Article.
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 […]
Announcing the GDELT Global Difference Graph (GDG): Planetary Scale Change Detection For The Global News Media
Just under a decade ago I showed how coupling web archiving with large scale automated change analysis could be used to track how the White House was quietly rewriting America’s history in realtime. The success of this model led to many other projects like Propublica’s ChangeTracker and NewsDiffs. Yet, beyond a few efforts focused on […]
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 […]
The Washington Post's Philip Bump explores the question of impeachment through the Television Explorer. Read The Full Article.
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 […]
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.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump uses the Television Explorer to examine how the major networks have covered key stories defining the Trump candidacy and presidency. Read The Full Article.