How legal wrangling over summertime children’s lemonade stands offers insights into the exacting and explicitly codified world of AI law enforcement. Read The Full Article.
Informed consent and the right to opt out are sacred tenets of ethical research, yet Science, Nature, PNAS and APA’s response to Social Science One's Facebook research datasets raises the question of whether those rights are still relevant to today’s big data era. Read The Full Article.
Social Science One was intended to usher in a new era of transparency and reproducibility in social media research, but the initiative’s silence on whether it will permit open replication raises concern. Read The Full Article.
Facebook’s inaugural academic research dataset with Social Science One raises serious questions about the company's commitment to allowing users to actually delete their data or have control over who can access and use their private information. Read The Full Article.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump uses the Television Explorer to map coverage of immigration on the major television networks. Read The Full Article.
The academic world’s latest salvo in the war against Facebook’s new privacy efforts is a letter demanding the company exempt them from its rules against mass harvesting, fake accounts and fake posts, ironically asking the company roll back the very protections academia had long fought for. Read The Full Article.
Earlier this year Sandberg and Zuckerberg alluded to an ad-free subscription Facebook, but would ad-free really translate to surveillance free? Medium's vast archive of user data, its terms of service and its silence on how it uses all of that data offers a note of caution. Read The Full Article.
Natural Disasters And Governance Systems: The Sociotechnical Foundations Of Post-Disaster Governance Reforms In Nepal
Farhod Yuldashev's doctoral dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh uses the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph (GKG) to map a number of dimensions relating to the post-disaster governance environment in Nepal. Read The Full Dissertation.
Kalev joined Karina Urbanavičiūtė on Lithuanian National Radio today to discuss Facebook's global impact reshaping our understanding of privacy throughout the world. Listen To The Full Interview. (In Lithuanian)
Kalev joined Dan Maduri, host of Florida Live to discuss his Forbes article on Facebook as the ultimate government surveillance tool. Listen To The Interview.
Even as Facebook promises to put “privacy first” it is moving aggressively to open its two billion users’ most private and intimate data to the world’s academics to mine, while its newfound focus on content moderation and hate speech is a reminder of the power of government intervention. Read The Full Article.
The GDELT Project encompasses an incredible array of datasets spanning the entire planet, reaching across 65 languages and making sense of modalities from text to images to video. This enormous realtime open firehose of data cataloging planet earth is available as downloadable files in Google Cloud Storage, JSON APIs for powering web interfaces, and for […]
Vox' Alvin Chang explores the alternate universe of Fox's television news coverage of the presidency. Read The Full Article.
What is one to do when fact checkers refuse to correct their errors? Read The Full Article.
Facebook’s new initiative portends a frightening Orwellian new world where academics across the world are now gifted access to our most sensitive and private communications to turn us into digital lab rats, tearing down the last remaining semblance we had of privacy in our brave new digital world. Read The Full Article.
Is Twitter’s recent bot purge a publicity stunt to show lawmakers it cares or does it represent a company that is finally taking its bot problem seriously? Read The Full Article.
Since the launch of GDELT's Global Frontpage Graph (GFG) on March 2nd of this year, the dataset has rapidly evolved into one of the world's largest open data URL datasets and the largest catalog ever created of the hourly editorial decisions of the world's news outlets across the planet. To get a sense of just […]
Silicon Valley needs experts outside the technology world to help it think in new and creative ways about how its data and tools can be misused, while the governments of the world need to think about how their inadvertent data exhaust can bring with it a wealth of unintended consequences. Read The Full Article.
Facebook’s international reach, massive centralized data warehouse and algorithms that can divine the most sensitive and intimate elements of our lives are likely to increasingly become a go-to one-stop shop for the world’s intelligence agencies to spy, influence and destroy dissent. Read The Full Article.
How water usage in Tokyo during the World Cup offers a lesson in the ways smart city data can be used to assess public interest to offer marketers rich new metrics, leaving the only question being how long it is before cities catch on and start selling all this data to the highest bidder? Read […]
WashPost: People Who Say They Aren’t Following The Russia Investigation Are Much More Likely To Approve Of Trump
The Washington Post's Philip Bump explores how the major networks have covered the Russian story. Read The Full Article.
Somewhere along the way social media lost its way and it remains to be seen whether the current generation of social media platforms are remembered as the tools that brought the world together or the weapons of societal warfare that tore us apart. Read The Full Article.
What happens as cash-strapped cities wake up to the immense monetary value of the vast archives of sensitive information they capture about their citizens, from leveraging their surveillance camera networks to using their legal rights to force citizens to provide them any data they want? Read The Full Article.
The academic world that had so stridently attacked Facebook for its user data practices now condemns the company for limiting their own mass harvesting of private user data without permission and work on circumventing Facebook’s new restrictions, reminding us that ethics are dead in the big data era. Read The Full Article.