We're tremendously excited to announce today the new Top Trending Topics system of the Television Explorer. Each morning the system scans the full raw closed captioning of all monitored national stations and computes a massive ngram table over all of that material. After more than a week of intensive benchmarking, we've settled on 4-grams (four word ngrams) as […]
Facebook’s forthcoming “fake news” tools are based on the assumption that journalists, academics and fact checkers can be plugged into technology to save the day, but it turns out that is a flawed premise. Read The Full Article.
What happens to free speech in a world where a small group of elites decide what is true and what is false in the midst of a million shades of gray? Read The Full Article.
How the massive datasets that fuel the big data revolution are leaving Africa behind. Read The Full Article.
Pulling back the curtain, we find that the fact checkers may not be as open and transparent as we thought. Read The Full Article.
We are immensely excited to announce today the release of a powerful new timeline visualization in collaboration with the Internet Archive's Television News Archive that allows you to visualize American television news coverage of any arbitrary keyword over the last 6 years across more than two million hours totaling 5.7 billion words from 150 stations, […]
Stopping fake news isn’t just about assigning a label, it also requires going back and alerting everyone who read that article – but does this mean that social media platforms might profile users as being “gullible” or even ban them from the Internet? Read The Full Article.
Its not just the general public that is having problems with “fake news” – the academic community has been experiencing its own crisis with false information and a lack of verification and vetting. Read The Full Article.
Even in a week preoccupied with coverage of “fake news” an unverified story goes viral and offers a powerful lesson in data and publishing before verification. Read The Full Article.
Technology alone cannot solve the fake news problem – only through teaching society to be data and information literate can we improve citizens’ ability to interpret the world around them. Read The Full Article.
“Fake news” is not just an American problem and is not limited to social media. Read The Full Article.
A look at how modern journalistic practice from the inverted pyramid to writing for one’s audience to skipping complex detail has been successfully weaponized by clickbait and fake news to great success. Read The Full Article.
Kalev was interviewed for an ABC News Live story on fake news alongside Pierre Thomas, ABC News' senior justice correspondent. View The Full Story.
Kicking off a week-long visit in Estonia, Kalev gave a public lecture in the main auditorium of the Estonian Ministry Of Foreign Affairs on the world of big data. Learn More.
Patrick van Bergen wrote this great article showing how to analyze GDELT in PHP using BigQuery! Read The Full Article.
Networks, Big Data, and Intermedia Agenda Setting: An Analysis of Traditional, Partisan, and Emerging Online U.S. News
This fascinating study by Chris J. Vargo and Lei Guo, published in the December 1st issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, uses GDELT to explore agenda setting in the new online news landscape. Read The Full Paper. Read The Preprint. Read The Press Release.
While it sounds technically easy to block “fake” news, the reality is much more complex, as much of “fake” news is actually unorthodox interpretation of available information. Read The Full Article.
What being accidently checked out of a hotel this week teaches about the tension of authentication and user experience and how data is used for marketing rather than security. Read The Full Article.
Based on fantastic feedback we've heard from many of you, today we've released an updated version of the VGKG 2.0 system that now embeds the complete identifier for each metadata tag. Previously only the root tag name was listed, which meant that when a tag existed in multiple metadata specifications or in multiple documents or […]
What the election teaches us about understanding data and selecting the right data sources and the role of filter bubbles in constraining our use of data. Read The Full Article.
As more and more prognosticators claim that AI will replace human jobs, what does the future hold for humanity? Read The Full Article.
Much of the tech press this week argued how trivial technology made it for the FBI to review the 650,000 emails, yet this reflects one of the biggest problems with the tech world today: too much trust in technology. Read The Full Article.
Kalev's latest Forbes piece explores how all data has a huge number of assumptions built into it and why we must stop thinking of data as “truth." Read The Article.
Kalev gave the opening keynote on Friday at the Charleston Conference in the stunning Gaillard Center performance hall in South Carolina, speaking about the evolving role of libraries in the emerging world of data intensive research. Learn More.