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December 2018

Transparency Series Workshop: Reporting on Devices with Consumer Reports

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Most consumer advocacy is based on a definition of consumer rights anchored on two things: value and safety. While these issues are perennial concerns for consumers, they don’t capture the larger threats posed by the 21st C marketplace: reductions in individual agency and control. Amazon, Google, Facebook, and the other corporate powers offer products that don’t pose traditional ‘safety’ threats. In this workshop we start with the hypothesis that the consumer movement has mostly ‘solved for the 20th C.’ Products…

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January 2019

2018-2019 SPEAKER SERIES: FELICE FRANKEL

January 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PST
Cypress Auditorium, Allen Extension, 420 Via Palou Mall
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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SCIENCE PHOTOGRAPHER & MIT RESEARCH SCIENTIST On January 30, the Brown Institute welcomes celebrated science photographer and MIT Research Scientist Felice Frankel. She will offer a masterclass on "Image and Meaning" and discuss her new book "Picturing Science and Engineering" (MIT Press) in which she offers a guide for creating science images that are both accurate and visually stunning. The "Image and Meaning" workshop will guide students and researchers to collaboratively develop new approaches to represent research data and concepts. The goal of…

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February 2019

Mapping Module 1 – Introduction to Mapping

February 13 @ 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. With the popularization of cartography, anyone with a computer and an internet connection can make a map, yet in news organizations, the practices of cartography and GIS have remained largely in domain of engineering and graphics teams, not with reporters. This module will…

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Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation: Yi-Min Chee

February 14 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Blockchain: A Solutions Perspective Yi-Min Chee Senior Technical Staff Member and Chief Architect, IBM Food Trust Blockchain Solution Abstract. Blockchain technology has moved beyond the realm of cryptocurrencies to start to address business problems for enterprises of all sizes. In this talk, Yi-Min Chee will give an overview of blockchain and the different types of blockchain networks in existence. He will discuss why blockchain is relevant for businesses, with a particular focus on permissioned blockchain networks. He will also introduce some use…

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Transparency Series Seminar: Data Visualization with Jeremy White, NYTimes

February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Maps, charts, and graphs have become an almost essential part of the journalistic practice, as well as the centerpiece of many published pieces. But how can we best incorporate these tools into our investigative process, and how do we design them to be as engaging and insightful as possible? Join us for a conversation with Jeremy White, graphics editor at The New York Times, who will share with us some of the lessons learned and the details behind the crafting…

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Transparency Series Workshop: Data Visualization with Agnes Change, ProPublica

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Data visualization has become a multipurpose tool in journalistic practice. It allows us to see patterns in data and to discover new stories, as well as to insightfully communicate our findings. In this day-long workshop, Agnes Chang from ProPublica will guide us through basic data visualization tools and skills, delving into the design process and some of the graphic strategies that make the best data visualization pieces so successful. During the day we will touch upon the multiple aspects of…

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Mapping Module 2 – Census Data and Geocoding

February 20 @ 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. With the popularization of cartography, anyone with a computer and an internet connection can make a map, yet in news organizations, the practices of cartography and GIS have remained largely in domain of engineering and graphics teams, not with reporters. This module will…

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Magic Grant Information Session

February 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST
Brown Institute at Stanford, 355 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
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We'll go over a brief overview of the Brown Institute's history and work, and give an outline of  our Magic Grants program and policies. Open office hours will also be held through February and March (except February 8) in Gates 176, Fridays 1:30-4. Please email Ann Grimes to confirm or request an alternate time.

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