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 "cnn.com" or "Washington Post" instead of "washingtonpost.com". 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 Hidden Geography Of Language Through The News

Combining fulltext geocoding with the power of the cloud we can transform 126 billion words of news coverage from a quarter billion articles into 1.5 billion coordinates and with a single line of code map the hidden geographic affinities of language that form the lens through which we see the world. Read The Full Article.

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 […]

The Problem With Using AI To Fight Terrorism On Social Media

Social media has a terrorism problem, but the platforms’ overreliance on AI is blinding them, public confusion and lack of detail means we no idea whether they are actually working and the lack of accountability means the democratic vision of the early web is giving way to dystopian nightmare. Read The Full Article.

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 […]

Will The EU's Data Protection Act Actually Lead To Less Online Privacy?

GDPR's rollout is not only rolling back the prior protections its citizens enjoyed, but is firmly entrenching, under legal protection, all of the most privacy invasive elements of our modern digital surveillance society, including helping to roll out mass social media facial recognition. The article was later cited in an El Pais article. Read The […]

Why Can't Facebook's Facial Recognition Stop Impersonation Accounts?

Last year Facebook tried reframing facial recognition from a privacy debate into a major security tool that would stop fraudulent impersonation accounts, but it turns out the tool’s design appears to limit it to being PR theatrics rather than an actual safety feature. Read The Full Article.

Why Are Academics Upset With Facebook's New Privacy Rules?

Even as Cambridge University's ethics panel rejected Kogan’s Facebook research for lacking informed consent, the academic community condemns Facebook’s new privacy policies that prioritize user safety and make the mass harvesting of private information that is at the heart of their work harder. Read The Full Article.