First announced in May 2015, our GeoJSON API has become an immensely popular way of visualizing and interacting with the geography of the global news media through GDELT. As part of our migration to our new ElasticSearch infrastructure, we will be slowly transitioning all of our legacy APIs to the new system before rolling out […]
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Four recent explorations showcase how GDELT, the largest open dataset ever created capturing the life of the world's media ecosystem, can be used to understand how the world's media functions and what it tells us of the world around us. They were even mentioned in the March 1st issue of the O'Reilly Data Newsletter! Creating A […]
What 121 million news articles and three quarters of a billion hyperlinks tell us about how the world’s news media is connected and the role of language, geography, culture and economic ties on what we see about the world around us. Read The Full Article.
What deep learning algorithms can tell us about the visual narratives of the world’s news imagery, from depictions of violence to the importance of people to visual context – a look inside what we see about the world around us. Read The Full Article.
Many web archiving initiatives are still using crawlers built for the web of a quarter century ago and advances in video, social media walled gardens, dynamic page generation and the mobile web are causing web archives to preserve less and less of the modern web. Read The Full Article.
With the public debut of its new deep learning-powered toxic speech filter, Alphabet Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas) offers the perfect model: a focus on language over ideas, an open API available to others, transparency in how the model was built and what it looks for and an open feedback loop. The Christian Science Monitor cited […]
This new map repeats last year's map of global happiness using BigQuery and Carto to map global happiness in 2016 as seen through the eyes of the world's news media. Click on the map below to download the full resolution map or you can download the low resolution version. TECHNICAL DETAILS To create the map, […]
How the power of the cloud makes it possible to sentiment mine, machine translate, geocode and map a quarter billion news articles to map global happiness in 2016 as seen through the eyes of the world’s press. Read The Full Article.
Last March we released a map showcasing the deep learning-powered "visual geocoder" capability of Google's Cloud Vision API applied to 20 million images. Today GDELT's VGKG has grown to more than a quarter-billion images and we've created a new map to see what new insights a year's worth of data offers. This map is part […]
Traditionally we’ve focused on mapping the geography of text, but through deep learning we now have algorithms that can visually geocode images, recognizing where they were taken and placing them on a map – here’s what it looks like to map a quarter billion worldwide news images. Read The Full Article.
Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of a future in which Facebook knows us better than we know ourselves and can “identify problems before they happen” offers a frightening look at the “precrime” world of tomorrow’s “big data.” Read The Full Article.
As we argue about what exactly “fake news” is and how to fight it, we find that the phrase was born last century in the world of propaganda, but it was Mark Zuckerberg who entered it into our modern lexicon and President Trump who weaponized it into a media pejorative. On May 24, 2017 the […]
How our obsession with “fake news websites” masks the reality that most false and misleading information comes in the form of false claims in otherwise “real” content. Read The Full Article.
While Twitter’s new tools for combatting abusive speech are a decade-late effort to return to civil discourse, one particular instance offers a frightening preview of 1984 in which criticism of government is prohibited. Read The Full Article.
If just 50 people can vote to effectively blacklist an entire news outlet from Wikipedia without any data-driven analysis, what does this mean for a future where platforms like Facebook and Twitter increasingly control what we see online? Read The Full Article.
How Alphabet’s Jigsaw is working to save free speech in an era where DDOS attacks are increasingly being used to silence those who speak truth to power. Read The Full Article.
What the latest iteration of the iconic Tallinn Manual on the laws of cyberwar teaches us about a future in which war is constant and has no borders. Read The Full Article.
Facebook recently argued the technology doesn’t exist to scan its billions of posts for hate speech, but digital fingerprints and deep learning are already showing huge promise to combat online harassment. Read The Full Article.
Could deep learning and chatbots be used to eliminate hate speech and violent threats online by not only naming-and-shaming accounts but autonomously responding to them? Read The Full Article.
How statistical fallacies, predatory publishers and the lack of statistical and information literacy are all feeding the fake news machine. Read The Full Article.
Using the new Television Explorer, this article explores the polarization of today's media through the lens of agenda setting and how even traditionally neutral outlets like CNN have become far more polarized in today's political climate. Read The Full Article.
As the “rogue” movement continues to spread and accounts begin to fight with each other and conduct anonymous fundraising, will the movement fizzle out amongst scammers, trolls and infighting? Read The Full Article.
Lost in all the furor over the White House proposal to screen cell phones and social media at the border is that we’ve actually done it for years, but would expanding it really work? Read The Full Article.