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What Happens When Our Smart Homes Enforce Moral Values?

As the most mundane devices in our lives are increasingly connected to the Web, they are not just a privacy…

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Silicon Valley Is Helping The US Government Circumvent The First Amendment

As democratic governments around the world recognize the ability to outsource their censorship desires to social media companies, free speech…

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Computing TF-IDF Scores From The TV Ngram Dataset In BigQuery

The ever-amazing Felipe Hoffa came up with the following BigQuery query that computes the TF-IDF scores for the new Television…

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FiveThirtyEight: Is Biden's Media Monopoly Coming To An End?

FiveThirtyEight's latest weekly roundup of the 2020 Democratic race. Read The Full Article.

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Using Ngrams To Explore A Decade Of Television News

Word histograms have reemerged over the past decade as a powerful non-consumptive lens through which to explore large textual archives….

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Using Television News Ngrams To Explore Linguistic Correlation

The compilation of a decade of television news closed captioning into an ngram dataset makes it possible to begin exploring…

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New Television News Inventory Files

We're excited to announce the new Television News inventory files, which record the complete list of public shows archived by…

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Announcing The Television News Ngram Datasets (TV-NGRAM)

Today we are excited to announce the debut of the new Television News Ngram Datasets, offering one-word (1gram/unigram) and two-word…

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Instagram's Response To The Bianca Devins Murder Reminds Us It Profits From Horror

Every murder image, terrorism recruiting video, genocide glorification, animal cruelty, human trafficking sale and other unimaginably horrific post puts real…

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Would Fining Social Media Companies Force Them To Tackle Horrific Content?

One of the greatest challenges confronting the modern Web is how to address the rise of the horrific content that…

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Do We Need New Laws Forcing The External Auditing Of Social Media Algorithms?

Requiring regular public algorithmic accuracy metrics and regular external audits would go a long way towards helping the public and…

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New Television News Completion File

As the Television Explorer is increasingly used to understand the reaction to breaking news and evolving narratives, the unpredictable nature…

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The Social Media Filter Bubble's Corrosive Impact On Democracy And The Press

Social media was supposed to expand our horizons, giving voice to the voiceless and letting us see, experience, debate and…

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The Internet Of Things Is Creating 1984's National Camera Surveillance Network

As the physical world becomes enveloped by the digital, the same surveillance state that watches us online will come to…

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Why Is The Digital World More Toxic Than The Physical One?

Reflecting on what makes the digital world more toxic than the physical, the loss of identity and sustained interaction lead…

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Is The Web Era Destroying the Innovative Spirit Of The Moonshot Era?

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of humanity's great expedition to the moon, it is worth asking whether we have…

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Media Coverage of Anti-Semitism, Racism Rise in Trump Era

President Trump generated an uproar this week with his widely condemned comments regarding four Democratic lawmakers of color, coupled with…

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Is The Smartphone Behind The Web's Shift From Enlightenment To Entertainment?

Could the rise of the smartphone and the mobile Web be the cause of the Web's devolution, as our increasingly…

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Why Do We Blame Algorithms For All Of Society's Ills?

It is not algorithms that have led to our societal troubles of today, it is the way in which society…

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FaceApp Reminds Us The Rights We Sign Away When We Use The Web

Nowhere was the public's failure to understand digital privacy on more prominent display this week than Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer's…

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Concern Over 'Russian' FaceApp Ignores That American Companies Sell Our Data Abroad

It seems this week's privacy backlash against viral app FaceApp has much less to do with privacy than it does…

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Forget 'Russian' FaceApp – Facebook And Social Science One Are The Real Russian Data Danger

Instead of focusing all of our attention on random apps whose developers just happen to be Russian, perhaps we should…

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Academia's Facial Recognition Datasets Illustrate The Globalization Of Today's Data

While all of the digital privacy attention this week has focused on FaceApp, this concern belies the simple fact that…

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NYTimes: Which Democrats Are Leading the 2020 Presidential Race?

The New York Times' look at the 2020 Democratic field uses the TV Explorer to examine media coverage of the…