Jun 03. Board member Meeker at Code Conf


Brown Institute Board member Mary Meeker made news at the inaugural Code Conference on May 28, presenting her annual “most influential Internet trends” of the year.  Meeker’s “top 10” touted IOS manufacturing in the U.S., the rise of cyberthreats, the growth of online education, the digitization of healthcare, the push toward private social circles, big data, everything China, more M&A and – look up – drones! As for all the bubble talk Meeker said, while valuations are through the roof, 2014 is nothing like 1999. The Code Conference is produced by technology journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. Brown Institute Associate Director, Ann Grimes, joined Meeker at the conference.

(Photo: Asa Mathat, Re/code)

May 07. Participatory Democracy Trial


The Participatory Democracy team at Stanford, led by Professor Ashish Goel from MS&E and Tanja Aitamurto from Stanford, UC Berkeley and University of Tampere, Finland, conducted a successful trial of their online participatory budgeting platform in Chicago's 49th Ward. The team includes a Computer Science graduate student Sukolsak Sakshuwong from Stanford, recipient of a Brown Media Innovation Institute Magic Grant. This is the first time digital voting has been used in a participatory budgeting process in the United States. See coverage of the digital voting experiment in DNAinfo Chicago.

May 06. 2014-15 Magic Grants Awarded!

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation has awarded seed funding to teams of students, post-docs and faculty from Stanford and Columbia universities to develop new technologies that could transform the ways media content is produced, delivered and consumed. 

The winning projects include a mobile-based, augmented reality tool to expand the stories that museum curators can tell about works of art in their collections, a data-mining platform to reverse engineer ad-server algorithms, and a documentary, filmed with immersive video technology, that profiles 40 Iranian artists living both in and out of Iran. Learn More

May 02. 1 1/2 months until our opening!


Work on the Brown Institute space at Columbia hit a milestone today as the floor started to be installed! We are on schedule to take occupancy in June, but this was the first time the space started feeling, well, inhabitable. It's extremely exciting!

Apr 28. Brown Fellow David Chen wins Capocelli Award

David Chen's paper, “Interframe Coding of Global Image Signatures for Mobile Augmented Reality," presented in March at the Data Compression Conference, has been selected to receive the prestigious Capocelli Award, given yearly for an outstanding student-authored and student-presented paper. A copy of David's paper can be found here.

Apr 17. Brown/Tow Award

We are pleased to announce The Award for Excellence in Computational Journalism co-sponsored by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. It honors work by current M.S. or M.A. students at the Columbia School of Journalism that makes exceptional use of computation in the service of journalism or makes an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of how data, code and algorithms change the nature of reporting.  We welcome submissions in all formats, from print, broadcast, radio, and documentary to website, data visualization, API or Github repository. Apply today!

Apr 17. The Lede

Columbia University School of Journalism and the Columbia Department of Computer Science are offering a unique educational opportunity this summer for students who want to build up their understanding of data. Anchored in a mix of journalism, social science and the humanities, The Lede will introduce students with little or no technical background to a host of creative practices that involve data, code and algorithms. Learn more about The Lede here, and read an excellent overview by its new (and most awesome) Director, Cathy O'Neil here. Join us this summer -- The deadline for applications is April 27!

Apr 17. Bushwig at PCA/ACA

Adam and Jessa from the Bushwig Magic Grant will present their work at the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting in Chicago this week. They will speak on identity curation, or rather, the decisions we make about how to present ourselves in everyday life, summarizing the focus groups they've interviewed for their Magic Grant. Good luck!

Apr 04. A second Hard Hat Dinner


Last night, the Institute hosted its second Hard Hat Dinner. We invited 19 media scholars, educators, journalists, entrepreneurs, and friends for the second in a series of events to celebrate the construction of our new space. The evening started with a tour of the Brown construction site which has changed considerably since our first event at the end of February. Offices are roughed out, a subfloor is down and the sheetrock is almost complete. As with the first event, we then moved upstairs for dinner served between two large projections of the space captured the day before -- Slowly moving videos panned around our space  downstairs as the construction crew worked. Thank you to everyone who came... It was a lot of fun! Oh and a special thanks to Magic Grant recipients Jessa Lingel and Adam Golub for showing off their work before dessert! 

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Mar 25. Ethics of Data Conference Announced!

The recent influx of big data has surfaced a multitude of ethical questions centered around the use of digital data for social good. The first Ethics of Data Conference, which will bring together practitioners from humanitarian organizations and nonprofits, educators and scholars, journalists, and civic techies, will seek to answers these questions.

The conference will be held on September 16-17, 2014 at Stanford University and is being produced by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society,  the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the Harvard Humanitarian Institute. Learn more...

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