Is Social Media Becoming Too Toxic?

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.

When Will Cities Begin To Monetize Their Residents' Data?

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.

Are Facebook's New Restrictions On Data Harvesting Actually Working?

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.

GDELT At Google Cloud NEXT 2018

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 […]

The New Yorker: Are Things Getting Better or Worse?

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.

GDELT 3.0: GEN 3 Crawlers & Document Extraction Infrastructure

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 […]

Watching The Media Wake Up In The Morning Through Crawler CPU Graphs

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 […]

Could The Verizon Location Data Sale Have Compromised US Spy Networks?

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.

Should Social Media Ban Profanity And Name Calling?

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.

Why Do We Keep Blaming AI For Society's Ethical Concerns?

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 […]