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Social Media Analytics Is A Disaster: Why Can't We Fix It?

It is a truly sobering thought that the totality of our understanding of social media and the insights we draw…

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Could Facebook Track The Locations Of Journalists And Politicians It Deems A 'Threat'?

Facebook's use of location tracking of users it considers a "threat" raises the question of whether it may use the…

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How Immigration Coverage Shifted From People to Barriers

One of the more intriguing findings in how the media covered President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this…

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Terabytes Of News Versus One Trillion Tweets: Is Social Media Really As Big As We Think?

One of the great ironies of the “big data” revolution is the way in which social platforms have convinced us…

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How Big Is Social Media And Does It Really Count As 'Big Data'?

Social media has become synonymous with “big data” thanks to its widespread availability and global influence, but if we look…

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Why We Need More Visibility Into The Social Media Analytics Algorithms We Use

We know surprisingly little about the algorithms powering most social media analytics platforms. How can we make meaningful decisions based…

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How Media Treated the State of the Union Address

After being delayed by the political brinkmanship of the government shutdown, President Trump’s State of the Union address finally happened…

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Greater Good Gathering 2.0: Technology, Community And The Greater Good

From December 2017 through Spring 2018  I was asked for my thoughts on how to build upon October 2017's successful…

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Why Do We Tolerate Social Media's Dark Side And What If We Made Them Pay For It?

Social media has devolved into a medium that tears society apart, fostering trolling, bullying and all manner of toxic, hateful…

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Making Our Smart Homes More Resilient Against Internet Outages

As our homes become increasingly “smart” we should be equally focused on making the Internet connectivity that is their lifeblood…

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Why Is Our AI Revolution Built On Free Data Rather Than Good Data?

For all of the investment being made in the people, computing hardware and algorithms powering AI, we refuse to make…

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Facebook's Biggest Success Is That It Taught Us Not To Care About Our Privacy Anymore

One of the most existential questions of the modern world is why we as a society have accepted the steady…

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Why Do We Measure Everything By Tweet?

It is a truly extraordinary commentary on the influence of social media that in a world literally drowning in data,…

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Facebook's Continued Growth Reminds Us: It's Now Too Big To #DeleteFacebook

Facebook has become so integrated into our lives, so intertwined with how we keep in touch, follow the news, get…

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Could AI-Powered Traffic Cameras Finally Stop Distracted Driving?

While driverless cars may eventually free us to spend our commutes entirely on our phones, in the meantime, could AI-powered…

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Sunday Times: Confucius Institutes Sway News Coverage On China, Says UCD Analysis

The Sunday Times covered an analysis by researchers at the University College Dublin that used GDELT to explore how Confucius…

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Could Apple Ban Unethical Facial Recognition And Become The Patron Saint Of Privacy?

Apple’s sharp rebuke of Facebook’s data practices this week has shown us the power of the device companies like Apple…

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What Does It Mean To "Consent" To The Use Of Our Data In The Facebook Era?

Facebook's response to nearly every one of its privacy stories over the past year has been to argue that its…

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Apple's Facebook Rebuke: Could Apple Save Privacy Where Government Won't?

Looking to the future, could Apple perhaps become our defacto privacy guardian, protecting its users from unethical data harvesting as…

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Why Are We For Globalization But Against The AI Revolution?

Why do we speak of AI’s potential to cause mass job displacement as an existential danger that must be addressed…

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Visualizing The GKG Outlink Graph: A Range Of Perspectives

The series of visualizations we've created of the GKG Outlink Graph remind us how much of an impact our data filtering…

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Visualizing The GKG Outlink Graph: Google News

For this visualization of our GKG 2016-2018 Outlink Dataset, we filter to only news outlets and inlink domains present in Google…

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Visualizing The GKG Outlink Graph: Google News + US Only + Top 5 Reciprocal + 10K Strongest With Edge Weights

For this visualization of our GKG 2016-2018 Outlink Dataset, we filter to only US-based news outlets and inlink domains present in…

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Visualizing The GKG Outlink Graph: Google News + Top 5 Reciprocal + 10K Strongest With Edge Weights

For this visualization of our GKG 2016-2018 Outlink Dataset, we filter to only news outlets and inlink domains present in Google…