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.
Facebook’s algorithms secretly guess which of its two billion users are interested in treason while the company files patents on predicting which of its users are "trustworthy" and refuses to commit to not making its facial recognition tools available to other companies and even to governments. Read The Full Article.
GDELT makes two appearances at Google Cloud NEXT next week! Sergei Sokolenko, Product Manager Google Cloud and Nick Caldwell VP of Engineering for Reddit will be presenting "Predicting Community Engagement on Reddit using Tensorflow, GDELT and Cloud Dataflow" in room DA205 on Tues, July 24th from 4:35-5:25PM. Anand Autar, Head of Portfolio Risk Management at […]
An article in the July 23rd issue of The New Yorker talks about how we understand and assess the world around us and mentions Steven Pinker's inclusion in his new book of the famous Culturomics 2.0 graph showing global news media becoming steadily more negative over the past quarter century. Read The Full Article.
We're incredibly excited to announce today that over the past 24 hours GDELT's entire fleet of front line article crawlers have been upgraded to a transitional version of the forthcoming GDELT 3.0 (GEN 3) crawling infrastructure. For the moment we've only upgraded the crawlers themselves, leaving the GEN 2 backend queuing, dispatching and horizon management […]
BBVA's latest report offers a fascinating glimpse of the global discussion of global trade support, including a number of innovative visualizations! Read The Full Report.
Vox's Alvin Chang compares the major networks' coverage of Clinton in the era of Trump. Read The Full Article.
The global media has a definitive circadian rhythm of its own, with the total journalistic output of each country following fairly consistent local daylight working hours. This rhythm can be measured in many ways, most simply of which is the total number of new articles published every 15 minutes. Yet it is also fascinating to […]
Kalev's latest RealClearPolitics piece explores the role of "doxing" in the modern political discourse. Read The Full Article.
Dina Radtke of Media Matters used the Television Explorer to examine coverage of the phrase "catch and release" on the major networks. Read The Full Article.
Vox' Alvin Chang explores how the networks contextualized family separation at the border. Read The Full Article.
As computational methods continue to infuse across the scholarly disciplines, academic publishers will face increasing calls to permit text and data mining of their holdings, with subscription research clouds offering perhaps the best and most secure model for enabling this brave new future. Read The Full Article.
Verizon teaches us that in today’s surveillance society, purchasing a product no longer protects you from becoming a product yourself and the concept of “buying” privacy and the right to not be surveilled is now merely a quaint notion from a bygone day. Read The Full Article.
Verizon’s resale of its customer location data poses not just a threat to the privacy of ordinary citizens, but in the hands of foreign powers could have jeopardized national security, raising the question of just how much other dangerous data is being bought and sold at this very moment. Read The Full Article.
Verizon's resale of its customer location data reminds us that in our surveillance society there is no way to escape being bought and sold – if its free, you’re paying for it by being turned into data, but even if you’re paying for it, you’re still probably being resold, but paying for the privilege. Read […]
AI is rapidly reaching a point where the creation of nearly flawless artificial imagery and video will be within the reach of anyone with a smartphone – to restore trust in such an environment, social media companies must return to the concept of context and provenance. Read The Full Article.
The era of "big data" is upending not just industry itself, but the traditional balance between applied and basic research and the role academia plays in advancing research, raising the question of how everything from academic publishing to granting agencies like NSF will evolve. Read The Full Article.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal has changed little in Facebook's approach to user privacy and transparency in how it uses the data that its two billion members entrust it with and the company's latest argument that third parties are extensions of itself may confound attempts for more control. Read The Full Article.
Social media is the elusive elixir turning us from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde, but perhaps those same companies can finally provide us the antidote as well, using technology to nudge us away from our dark infantile tantrums and evil personas back towards the light of enlightenment and reason. Read The Full Article.
The US Government's growing move to the commercial cloud could dramatically improve its cybersecurity posture, reduce unauthorized leaking and lead to a modern security-first data culture. Read The Full Article.
AI has increasingly become a catch-all scapegoat for the ethical conundrums of society, but the reality is that it is parallel technological advances from drones to big data that are the real drivers and the most important question to ask is if AI was replaced with a human would it still be scary? Read The […]
Facebook has bet the company on the success of its AI filtering algorithms and portrays them as a huge success, but refuses to offer any detail into how often they are wrong and whether they are wrong more often than they are right. Read The Full Article.