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October 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation featuring Stephanie Hankey, Tactical Tech

October 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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"Go to The Glass Room. If Black Mirror Had a Showroom, This Would Be It." - Baratunde Thurston Nearly 150,000 people in 30 countries have visited the Glassroom; an interactive public intervention reflecting on the impact of technology on society. As the doors of the Glassroom open in San Francisco, its co-curator Stephanie Hankey gives a sneak preview of the conversation they expect to have as they bring this critical exhibition to the home of Big tech. Digging inside some…

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The Quest for Balance: Technology, Innovation and the Public Good in Higher Education

October 15, 2019 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Talk and discussion with Dr. Jonelle Bradshaw de Hernandez, Ph.D. Executive Director of Foundation Relations and researcher at The University of Texas at Austin. Technical skills are paramount to succeed in the modern labor market – but the question remains, what are the attributes and skills needed to make an impact on the social good? Who determines this and who decides and how does this impact vulnerable students in the U.S.? My first aim is to examine how well our…

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Brown Welcomes Washington Post Director of Engineering Jeremy Bowers

October 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Stanford welcomed Jeremy Bowers, Director of Engineering, at The Washington Post. Bowers and his team are ramping up for the 2020 election, focusing on political data projects including election restyles, congressional votes and campaign finance. Bowers spoke on October 15 to an interdisciplinary group of Stanford students (compute science, engineering and business, among others). He described how his team, which sits at the intersection of engineering and news, mesh coding and journalistic skills and the importance of cross-team collaboration.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3AOkIkfoXA&feature=youtu.be

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2019 Brown Institute Annual Showcase

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Mark Hansen and Maneesh Agrawala cordially invite you to the Brown Institute for Media Innovation 2019 Showcase! Join us for a reception and exhibition of our 2018-2019 projects. October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm at the Brown Institute at Columbia University Descriptions of the projects can be seen below. The event will take place in the Brown Institute, located in Pulitzer Hall (2950 Broadway) at Columbia University. Artistic Vision. The crucial footage for breaking news reports often comes from eye witnesses,…

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How Charts Lie – A Talk by Alberto Cairo

October 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Lecture Hall, Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at? Charts, infographics, and diagrams are ubiquitous. They are useful because they can reveal patterns and trends hidden behind the numbers we encounter in our lives. Good charts make us smarter—if we know how to read them. However, they can also deceive us. Charts lie in a variety of ways—displaying incomplete or inaccurate data, suggesting misleading patterns, and concealing uncertainty—…

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The Transparency Series – Natural Language Processing

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter Allison Parrish, NYU Workshop Description Much like other forms of data, documents and text provide enormous potential as a form of data to be analyzed and visualized. This workshop will introduce and discuss the ways in which textual materials (news articles, government records, social media, and other primary sources) can be worked with as data in creative and insightful ways. Participants in this workshop will be exposed to some common techniques for textual analysis and representation of documents common…

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Mapping Data Flows – How the Largest Tech Firms Use Your Data

October 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
International Affairs Building 1501, 420 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join John Battelle — Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor at SIPA, and Co-Founder & CEO of Recount Media — and a team of researchers from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Journalism School and SIPA, in understanding how the largest technology companies collect, use, and share user information across the internet. We’ve transformed the “Big Four” (Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook) terms of service and data policies — the thousands of lines of code that govern their use of…

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November 2019

Points Unknown Mapping Module I: Intro to Mapping / QGIS

November 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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News unfolds in places and every newsworthy event is shaped by the details of location. Those details might include the specifics of a neighborhood as it is today or of the history leading to its current configurations. Alongside the development of web technologies, journalistic organizations have incorporated web-based maps to enhance reader engagement with stories. But these interactions haven't always been easy to produce. Points Unknown will train journalism students in GIS and mapping techniques, and will prompt them to…

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Points Unknown Mapping Module II: Annotated Maps / Illustrator

November 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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News unfolds in places and every newsworthy event is shaped by the details of location. Those details might include the specifics of a neighborhood as it is today or of the history leading to its current configurations. Alongside the development of web technologies, journalistic organizations have incorporated web-based maps to enhance reader engagement with stories. But these interactions haven't always been easy to produce. Points Unknown will train journalism students in GIS and mapping techniques, and will prompt them to…

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Points Unknown Mapping Module III: Web Maps / Mapbox.js

November 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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News unfolds in places and every newsworthy event is shaped by the details of location. Those details might include the specifics of a neighborhood as it is today or of the history leading to its current configurations. Alongside the development of web technologies, journalistic organizations have incorporated web-based maps to enhance reader engagement with stories. But these interactions haven't always been easy to produce. Points Unknown will train journalism students in GIS and mapping techniques, and will prompt them to…

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The Transparency Series – Reporting on Twitter

November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed Workshop Description Twitter is not just a source of updates from friends and happenings in the local community. Instead, it is a dense network embedded with narratives of how the world is structured, including how information flows and spreads, both within and outside of communities. The platform is host to policy announcements from the President of the United States, and demonstrated in the previous election to be a hotbed of mis-/dis-information. Therefore, it is imperative that…

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