In a study published in New Media & Society, Chris Vargo, Lei Guo and Michelle Amazeen use GDELT to explore the spread of "fake news" and the countering effect of fact checking sites from 2014 to 2016, finding fake news sites had greater output and potential impact. Read The Full Article. Read The Press Announcement.
Estonia has offered online voting for more than a decade with great success and some unique security twists that could alleviate many of the concerns raised by last year’s US presidential election. Read The Full Article.
Kalev was quoted in a recent Baltimore Sun article on alleged NSA leaker Reality Winner, talking about the modern culture clash between young share-all millennials and the intelligence community's culture of silence and secrecy. The article was also republished in the Union Leader. Read the Full Article.
What are the privacy implications of a future in which millions of cameras fly overhead and could drone operators make a lucrative business out of facial recognition and selling your daily whereabouts? Read The Full Article.
Today the most mundane Amazon purchase broadcasts a minute-by-minute documentary of its whereabouts as it travels to its destination, but are these realtime package tracking portals useful for consumers or just data overload? Read The Full Article.
Is Facebook’s approach of hiring an army of human reviewers to enforce a single universal standard developed in secret that applies to every human on earth simply an exercise in futility and should it instead adopt the decentralized model that has served the web over the last quarter-century? Read The Full Article.
We're excited to announce two major updates to the Television Explorer that debuted over this past weekend: realtime updates and our new trending analytics dashboard. REALTIME UPDATES Since its debut this past December, the Television Explorer has been configured to update just once a day (around 5AM UTC), with a rolling embargo window of 48 hours. That meant […]
The more than 100 confidential Facebook documents leaked to The Guardian illustrate why content moderation is so hard and why Facebook’s approach of vague guidelines and “credible threat” thresholds don’t work, while its defacto sanctioning of threats against women undercut its public stance. Read The Full Article.
With Google’s announcement last week of its new 180 petaflop open deep learning cloud, what future does the traditional academic computing model have as the future of emerging technologies like neural networks shifts to the cloud? Read The Full Article.
As the US Government works to develop “lethal” cyberweapons capable of opening dams and triggering nuclear plant meltdowns, could the next WannaCry worm literally level an entire country if those tools escaped? Read The Full Article.
This paper by researchers at the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology explores reasoning over time in dynamically evolving knowledge graphs including prediction. Read The Full Paper.
The US Government has a reputation of the place technology ideas go to die and data is put to pasture – will the new administration’s “break things” mentality finally bring Silicon Valley data innovation to Washington? Read The Full Article.
Donny Chen and Yixin Zhang created this really neat Shiny app with a number of great visualizations. Under the hood it uses Alex Bresler's gdeltr2 package for querying GDELT. Learn More.
We're excited to announce today the debut of the new "showcase" format in the GDELT GEO 2.0 API! This new output format renders the standard HTML map in your browser, but instead of requiring you to click on each individual location to see the image results from that point or country, this format divides your […]
Kalev spoke at DevFest DC today on how GDELT uses Google Cloud Platform, especially tools like BigQuery and Google's AI APIs like Cloud Vision, Cloud Speech and Cloud Natural Language to catalog the world. More than 900 people are attending this year's event. Learn More About DevFest DC.
The Australian's expose that Facebook researchers conducted secret emotional marketing research on young children to identify their most vulnerable moments shows the company learned little from its 2014 study and just how how mined and manipulated we are in today’s “free” social media world. Read The Full Article.
With all of the recent conversation about depictions of violence deluging the online world, can AI offer a solution? Read The Full Article.
Over the past two years the mainstream journalism world has increasingly turned to Twitter and Instagram for images of breaking events, using social media imagery alongside or in lieu of traditional photojournalists. Read The Full Article.
How advances in deep learning can be used to watch the daily firehose of global news imagery to catalog illegal dumping, assess smog levels and even send flash flooding alerts, all by having AI look at news photographs. Read The Full Article.
We are immensely excited today to announce the debut of the first of the GDELT 2.0 APIs: the GDELT GEO 2.0 API! Two years in the making, this API takes everything we've learned from our original GeoJSON API, the lessons we've learned from more than a decade mapping the geography of text, and all of your […]
Reports that the EPA’s open data website is shutting down this Friday are just normal government shutdown bureaucracy and the site is not going anyway, but what can we learn about the future of scientific open data from this episode? Read The Full Article.
The technology exists to prevent violent imagery from being shown and to stop banned images from being reposted, so why don’t the social media companies use it? Read The Full Article.
The New York Times Magazine's in-depth feature (both online and in print) on how CNN covered the Trump campaign over the course of the 2016 campaign season made use of data from the 2016 Campaign Television Tracker in an article titled "CNN Had a Problem. Donald Trump Solved It." Read The Article.
Given how Silicon Valley accelerated the web’s transition to HTTPS in reaction to government surveillance, could Congress’ vote last week push them to make Tor or other anonymity services the default norm on the web? Read The Full Article.