A hard hat dinner

Last night, the Institute hosted a Hard Hat Dinner. We invited 14 artists, architects, journalists, entrepreneurs, and friends for a special event to celebrate the construction of our new space. The evening started with a tour of the Brown construction site which, as you can see, is taking shape! Then, becauase OSHA takes a very

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A weekend of storymaking

Our event “bit by bit” began Saturday with a student event — We spent the day speculating, designing and prototyping new ways of telling stories. Lance Weiler and his team at Reboot Stories designed what might be best described as a second generation hackathon. It emphasized process, a thoughtful design process, that led our participants from their

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A platform for journalism

The Brown Institute invaded an otherwise unsuspecting eating establishment in the West Village to meet with an awesome group of journalists, linguists, and technologists. The goal: discuss the state of computation in journalism and explore the creation of a computing platform specific to the field. It was, hands down, the geekiest event you’ve ever attended,

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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

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Dispatch @ WWW ’13

The 2012-2013 Magic Grant Dispatch, a platform for secure communication when journalists report from scenes of conflict. We are happy to announce that a paper by the Dispatch Team, “Weaving a Safe Web of News,” was accepted to the Social News on the Web workshop of the WWW ’13 conference. Congratulations!

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Research, Three Ways

The institute hosted over 100 journalists and technologists at an event designed to prompt new ideas for our Magic Grants. The Tow Center were co-sponsors and Hearst provided the venue. Forty-four floors above Central Park, we held a mini-unconference, organizing around new ideas and unasked questions about how stories are discovered and told. It was

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