The digital revolution has both upended the traditional balance of power, granting private companies the power to censor governments, and reinforced the ultimate authority of governments as they pass new laws to force social media platforms to take action against oppressive speech. Read The Full Article.
Whether by air or by land, the data-driven navigational revolution made possible by GPS is confronting a public increasingly adverse to the ramifications of a more efficient society and pushing back, dreaming of the quaint quiet inefficient life of a previous era. Read The Full Article.
A colleague’s offhanded remark about spousal jealously over an AI home assistant raises fascinating questions about how these new devices may disrupt our interaction with those around us much as smartphones have turned us into a nation of digital zombies. Read The Full Article.
Hardware vulnerabilities lurking in plain sight for 20 years, military chip compromises, software backdoors, misconfigured cloud storage, breaches galore and a myriad sites where our most sensitive behavior is bought, sold and breached every day – is there any hope left for digital privacy? Read The Full Article.
An article in Columbia Journalism Review mentions how the Television Explorer is being used to understand media bias. Read The Full Article.
Last month Facebook quietly pivoted its “fake news” initiative, acknowledging the “backfire effect” the academic community had warned it about. Will Silicon Valley finally grow up to accept that there is much to be learned beyond its borders and that technology alone can't save the world? Read The Full Article.
Given the explosion of interest over the past year in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as well as the broader applications of blockchain technology, we thought it would be useful to note that GDELT Summary can be used to track global coverage of any topic, including cryptographic currencies and their underlying technologies. Towards that end, we've […]
We're excited to announce today a massive upgrade to our DOC and GEO 2.0 API platforms! The DOC 2.0 API can now search up to the past year of coverage, while the GEO 2.0 API can now search up to the previous full week of coverage. By default both APIs still search the same timeframes […]
One of the goals of the new GDELT Summary platform is to better understand how to translate GDELT's immense power and the incredibly rich realtime picture it captures of planet earth into something that offers a readily accessible snapshot of global events and narratives without the need for programming experience. From the beginning we designed […]
An ISP warns its customers they could lose remote control of thermostats and security cameras. As our homes become extensions of the cloud, just how vulnerable are we becoming, from security camera blackmail to light switch mischief harassment to disabling ransomware to damage to property and life? Read The Full Article.
Facebook’s removal of Ramzan Kadyrov’s accounts remind us that was once a global cooperative of interconnected computers spread across the world has devolved into a small set of walled gardens controlled by just a few US companies governed by US law. Could Wikileaks be next? Read The Full Article.
Apple’s quiet throttling of its iPhones stands as a reminder that the devices we purchase today are never truly ours and can be upgraded, downgraded or even completely disabled remotely at will by their manufacturers, while the loss of hotswappable batteries have encouraged our consumptive culture. Read The Full Article.
From its announcement this week that it will cease archiving the Twitter firehose to its creation of a new innovation lab, how is the Library of Congress evolving in the digital era and how might it better engage with the vast world beyond its hallowed walls? Read The Full Article.
As we work to extend the searchable date range of the DOC 2.0 API beyond a rolling window of 3 months towards a longer time horizon and look to expand its capabilities based on all of the feedback you've given us, we will also be phasing out some older features that are simply not being used, […]
Two weeks ago when US President Trump declared that the US would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, GDELT Summary became a powerful to track the emerging global response in realtime. While the English language press as a whole tended to depict a mass uprising in the making with mass violence breaking out […]
We’ve been talking about filter bubbles for years, so why all of a sudden have they leapt to the forefront of the conversation around how social media is impacting our digital selves? Read The Full Article.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump looks back at the year in review to explore what the national television networks were focused on in 2017. Read The Full Article.
As AI-powered “smart” assistants evolve from simple voice controlled dumb terminals towards virtual personalities that interact with users, can they shift the tide in how we communicate with each other? Read The Full Article.
Eesti Ekspress interviewed Kalev about his work exploring how we can forecast the future. Read The Full Article.
BuzzFeed looks at which sexual misconduct cases are getting the most attention. Read The Full Article.
The Trace examines how cable news is devoting less and less attention to mass shootings. Read The Full Article.
Conferences like Web Summit that bridge the technical and non-technical worlds, combining the people who build technological tools with the world changers who use them and the policymakers that govern them spanning 170 countries remind us of the power of bringing the world together. Read The Full Article.
As Facebook rolls out laudable new initiatives like its counter-terrorism and counter-suicide programs, the company’s transition towards actively moderating its platform through opaque AI algorithms is increasingly leaving a single unaccountable company in charge of our online lives. Read The Full Article.
As we become ever more dependent on GPS navigation, mailing addresses have been repurposed as pedestrian addresses, creating an entertaining journey to the world’s loading docks and trash dumpsters. Read The Full Article.