Jan 27. Magic Grant CityBeat accepted to WWW 2014

Congratulations to members of the 2013/14 Magic Grant CityBeat, whose paper was accepted to the demo track at WWW 2014. Their paper, “CityBeat: Real-time Social Media Visualization of Hyper-local City Data,” presents City Beat, a real-time visualization of hyper-local content, including event detection and trends, for cities. Explore all of the WWW 2014 Accepted Demos!

Jan 10. Panel Discussion Video Available


In December, the Stanford side of the Institute played host to a livel discussion on the future of journalism. As reported in The Daily Dish, "To a room full of journalists and techies, panelists spoke on what they believe to be the pros and cons of the budding marriage between data and journalism." A video of the panel discussion is now available.

Dec 16. Two Brown Fellows Defend Ph.D. Research

Congratulations to Brown Fellows David Chen and Sam Tsai who successfully defended their Ph.D. research in November. Both went to the studio afterwards for a clean recording of their presentations. You can see both Sam Tsai's "Mobile Visual Search with Text and Image Features, and David Chen's Memory Efficient Image Databases for Mobile Visual Search.

Nov 01. ACM's Multimedia Grand Challenge

Congratulations to 2012-2013 Magic Grant team members Brendan Jou, Hongzhi Li, Joseph G. Ellis and faculty advisor Shih-Fu Chang for winning the Grand Challenge 1st Place Award at ACM Multimedia. Their paper, "Structured Exploration of Who, What, When, and Where in Heterogenous Multimedia News Sources," can be seen here. 

Oct 24. Digital security panel, October 28th


Revelations about how much of our online activity is under surveillance have left many people wondering what's left for digital security- or where the next frontier is. But digital security is not one-size-fits-all, and it never has been. For journalists, encyrption, digital security and privacy issues are perhaps more important now than ever before. 

The Frontline Freelance Register has partnered with the Brown Institute to present a panel discussion on where we can go from here- and why all is not lost. Sign up here.

Oct 16. Magic Grant Ensemble launches Arrowhead

The Human-computer Interaction group at Stanford University presents Arrowhead, a story that will be collaboratively written by Tom Kealey (Jones Lecturer of the Creative Writing department), Chris Baty (founder of NaNoWriMo), and people from all over the web!

Arrowhead will be written using Ensemble, a new and experimental collaborative writing platform coming out of the HCI group with the goal of designing and discovering new ways of supporting creative work. The story will span from October 15th to October 30th.

Ensemble and the Arrowhead project can be found here.

Sep 30. HGB's Trust Donates $15 Million for College Prep

From the NY Times ArtsBeat Blog: 

"Helen Gurley Brown didn’t care only about the Cosmo girl. She was also concerned with underserved children in New York City. As a result, her trust is giving $15 million to the New York Public Library for a new educational and anti-poverty program based at library branches that was announced on Wednesday by the trust and the library."

Read more about this incredible new program. 

Sep 25. Eve Burton named to AOL Board of Directions

Brown Advisory Board member, Eve Burton, has been appointed to the AOL Board of Directors. Read more...

Sep 20. Brown Institute "All Hands" Meeting, Columbia University

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Both halves of the Brown Institute met at Columbia University for its quarterly "All Hands" meeting. It was a day of presentations and discussions. A full house, with grants and fellows form both 2012-13 and 2013-14. 

Aug 30. Year Zero

From the Nieman Journalism Lab Blog: "The journalism unicorn exists. I’ve seen one — even worked with one. Maybe you know the kind: a journalist who’s as nimble and dynamic as a reporter as she is with coding."

The Brown Institute is collaborating on a post-bacc program to help prepare journalists for the J-School's Dual Degree program with Computer Science. We are looking for a Director for the program and we'll be taking applications for Summer-Fall 2014!

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