Online Continuous-Time Tensor Factorization Based on Pairwise Interactive Point Processes

GDELT is used as one of the datasets being analyzed in a paper titled "Online Continuous-Time Tensor Factorization Based on Pairwise Interactive Point Processes" by Hongteng Xu, Dixin Luo and Lawrence Carin of Infinia ML, Inc and Duke University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be presented at the 2018 International Joint Conference on Artificial […]

Mapping The Media: A Geographic Lookup Of GDELT's Sources

Given GDELT's incredibly unique ability to peer across the world's languages courtesy of its mass machine translation infrastructure, a common application is to compare coverage of major events in different countries. Doing so requires the ability to place news outlets geographically in space. At first glance, placing a news outlet on a map might seem […]

Mapping The 2015-2018 Media Geography In One Line of SQL

In 2015 we created a map of the geography of the world's media as seen through a year of GDELT's eyes, yielding a clickable map where you could see the top 5 outlets publishing the greatest volume of content about each city on earth. Today we've updated that analysis, enhancing it from a single absolute […]

Geographic FeatureID To Common Name Crosswalk May 2018 Update

While we tend to think of geographic locations as having just one name, in reality they can have dozens or even hundreds of alternative names, name variants and name transliterations. When geocoding a news article, GDELT records the location name as it appeared in the article, which is why we recommend using the FeatureID field […]

Will The EU's Data Protection Act Actually Lead To Less Online Privacy?

GDPR's rollout is not only rolling back the prior protections its citizens enjoyed, but is firmly entrenching, under legal protection, all of the most privacy invasive elements of our modern digital surveillance society, including helping to roll out mass social media facial recognition. The article was later cited in an El Pais article. Read The […]

Why Can't Facebook's Facial Recognition Stop Impersonation Accounts?

Last year Facebook tried reframing facial recognition from a privacy debate into a major security tool that would stop fraudulent impersonation accounts, but it turns out the tool’s design appears to limit it to being PR theatrics rather than an actual safety feature. Read The Full Article.

Why Are Academics Upset With Facebook's New Privacy Rules?

Even as Cambridge University's ethics panel rejected Kogan’s Facebook research for lacking informed consent, the academic community condemns Facebook’s new privacy policies that prioritize user safety and make the mass harvesting of private information that is at the heart of their work harder. Read The Full Article.

What The Alleged Facebook Stalker Teaches Us About Our Online Privacy

The story of a Facebook security engineer fired for allegedly stalking women online and potentially exploiting his privileged access to private user data reminds us that companies need to foster a culture of treating private data misuse as seriously as they treat media leaks. Read The Full Article.

Would Ad-Free Facebook Really Mean Surveillance-Free Facebook?

Would an "ad-free" Facebook really mean "surveillance free," does it really matter when the data brokers will continue buying and selling our data and will privacy belong only to the rich – no matter what, it is clear Facebook won’t give up its users’ data without a fight. Read The Full Article.