Nicholas Diakopoulos @ Stanford: “Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the News”

From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is increasingly computer generated. Nicholas  Diakopoulos, an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s School of Communication, and  an expert in computer science and media, discussed  the present and future of journalism in a world in which news is created by algorithms. Here’s more from The Stanford

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Open Source Investigation

This post contains reports from two Columbia Journalism School students who attended Bellingcat’s five day Open Source / Digital Research Training Workshop, hosted by Graphika, Inc. The workshop taught students how to conduct investigations into online information sources such as social media feeds, satellite imagery, and user-generated videos. Bellingcat, founded by Eliot Higgins, is known for

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“More Than Just a Pretty Picture” – MIT’s Felice Frankel on “Image and Meaning”

On January 30, the Brown Institute at Stanford welcomed Felice Frankel, celebrated science photographer and MIT research scientist. Frankel offered an afternoon masterclass on “Image and Meaning” and in an evening talk discussed her new book “Picturing Science and Engineering” (MIT Press).  During the well-attended “Image and Meaning” masterclass, Frankel outlined was for students, faculty

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Twitch 4 News? The Washington Post’s Phoebe Connelly tells us more

Washington Post Deputy Video Editor Phoebe Connelly joined Twitch’s Cody Conners to explain how the paper is using the live- streaming platform for news. Testing the concept of a “Post Twitch channel” with Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress, the Post discovered that Twitch – typically frequented by video-gamers – provides an interesting space for analysis

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Rethinking Tech, Ethics, and Democracy with MIT Tech Review’s Gideon Lichfield

In this conversation, Gideon Lichfield, Editor-in-Chief is the MIT Technology Review, explores issues raised in the Review’s fall issue: “Technology is threatening our democracy: How do we save it?” Lichfield also unpacks the Review’s new mission statement: “To bring about better informed and more conscious decisions about technology … we think it is no longer

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