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.
The latest update to the Television Explorer debuted this morning, which added several new features: Hourly Timeline. Now when selecting a time period of 7 days or less, the timeline graph will switch from daily resolution to hourly resolution to make it possible to examine how coverage of a topic changed over the course of […]
As trusted authoritative scientific sources give way to anonymous “rogue” social media accounts, will we have to rethink how we talk about science? Read The Full Article.
As part of our transition of all of GDELT's current and forthcoming full text search features over to an ElasticSearch infrastructure, we are making some adjustments to how we handle foreign language search. Through its Translingual platform, GDELT today monitors and mass machine translates news coverage in 65 languages (plus an additional 35 lower volume […]
The intense popularity of these new “rogue” Twitter accounts presents unique challenges for the future of how government communicates with its citizens. In the week since its publication, this article has received more than 145,000 views and was even tweeted by both the @AltNatParkSer and @ActualEPAFacts accounts themselves. Read The Full Article.
We're excited to announce that as of this afternoon, GDELT Founder Kalev Leetaru has written 153 articles for Forbes over the past year and a half, covering everything from using big data to understand global society to the limits of social media monitoring to history as data to asking why the world of data has […]
Silicon Valley has commoditized the petabyte, yet why is the broader data science community still stuck in the gigabyte era? Read The Full Article.
When it comes to exploring patterns in GDELT’s immense data archives stretching back two centuries, nothing on this earth can come close to the power of Google BigQuery for its ability to bring to bear raw brute force capable of table scanning a petabyte in just under 4 minutes. What happens after you have that […]
Could social media platforms require users to prove they read an article before they could share it and would this eliminate clickbait, end “fake news” and improve online information literacy? Read The Full Article.
Archives of the web like the Internet Archive offer us an incredible glimpse into the digitization of human society, so why are so few researchers making use of these incredible collections? Read The Full Article.
As the physical world becomes ever-more-enmeshed in the virtual one, securing the physical world requires much greater attention to the cyber one. Read The Full Article.
Without greater incentives to fight online abuse, it is unlikely that we will see much in the way of a crackdown on social media trolling, as even the most abusive of posts generate ad revenue Read The Full Article.