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Whatever Happened To The Denominator? Why We Need To Normalize Social Media

One of the most important but least told stories of the “big data” revolution is the way in which the…

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Is Twitter Really Faster Than The News?

One of the most basic truisms of the social media era is that social media offers the fastest indicator of…

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Creating A Data-Driven 'You Are Here' Media Map To Combat Fake News Using Billions Of Links

What if instead of assigning human ratings to outlets and stories, we leveraged massive data mining to construct the equivalent…

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Why Data Visualization Is Equal Parts Data Art And Data Science

Network visualizations are at once beautiful and informative, helping us make sense of the macro through micro patterns in the…

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WashPost: The Debunking Of Jussie Smollett Has Gotten More Attention Than His Initial Allegation

The Washington Post's Philip Bump explores television and online news coverage of the Jussie Smollett story and how the debunking…

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How the Green New Deal Has Played Out Online

Earlier this month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey released their ambitious proposal for a “Green New Deal” to…

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Axios: Fox News Focuses On Ocasio-Cortez More Than Almost Any 2020 Democrat

Axios covered the Washington Post's analysis of how Fox News has been covering the Democratic presidential slate. Read The Full…

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WashPost: The Democrats Attracting The Most Attention On Fox News? Warren, Harris – And Ocasio-Cortez

The Washington Post's Philip Bump looks at how Fox News has been covering the slate of Democratic presidential candidates. Read…

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World Heritage In Danger: Big Data And Remote Sensing Can Help Protect Sites In Conflict Zones

A new paper by researchers Noam Levin, Saleem Ali, David Crandall and Salit Kark uses GDELT to examine the threat…

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The Big Data Revolution Will Be Sampled: How 'Big Data' Has Come To Mean 'Small Sampled Data'

One of the great ironies of the “big data” revolution is the way in which so much of the insight…

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Facebook's Orwellian Privacy Stance Reminds Us Once Again That Our Data Is Its Data

The fact that Facebook feels that all of our data is its data and that we no longer disagree with…

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Could Facebook's Secret User Tracking Be Just A Preview Of What's To Come?

Could last week’s revelation just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of how social media companies harness their…

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Using BigQuery As A Lens To Explore Large Datasets

One of the most incredible aspects of the modern cloud is the way in which it accelerates massive adhoc data…

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Social Media Analytics Is A Disaster: Why Can't We Fix It?

It is a truly sobering thought that the totality of our understanding of social media and the insights we draw…

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Could Facebook Track The Locations Of Journalists And Politicians It Deems A 'Threat'?

Facebook's use of location tracking of users it considers a "threat" raises the question of whether it may use the…

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How Immigration Coverage Shifted From People to Barriers

One of the more intriguing findings in how the media covered President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this…

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Terabytes Of News Versus One Trillion Tweets: Is Social Media Really As Big As We Think?

One of the great ironies of the “big data” revolution is the way in which social platforms have convinced us…

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How Big Is Social Media And Does It Really Count As 'Big Data'?

Social media has become synonymous with “big data” thanks to its widespread availability and global influence, but if we look…

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Why We Need More Visibility Into The Social Media Analytics Algorithms We Use

We know surprisingly little about the algorithms powering most social media analytics platforms. How can we make meaningful decisions based…

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How Media Treated the State of the Union Address

After being delayed by the political brinkmanship of the government shutdown, President Trump’s State of the Union address finally happened…

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Greater Good Gathering 2.0: Technology, Community And The Greater Good

From December 2017 through Spring 2018  I was asked for my thoughts on how to build upon October 2017's successful…

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Why Do We Tolerate Social Media's Dark Side And What If We Made Them Pay For It?

Social media has devolved into a medium that tears society apart, fostering trolling, bullying and all manner of toxic, hateful…

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Making Our Smart Homes More Resilient Against Internet Outages

As our homes become increasingly “smart” we should be equally focused on making the Internet connectivity that is their lifeblood…

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Why Is Our AI Revolution Built On Free Data Rather Than Good Data?

For all of the investment being made in the people, computing hardware and algorithms powering AI, we refuse to make…