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Making Sense of Cities Using Social Media: Requirements for Hyper-Local Data Aggregation Tools

Authors Schwartz, R., Naaman M., Matni, Z. Examples of geo-tagged social media data visualizations mockups. Clockwise: geo-tagged topic groupings, keywords appearance graphs, volume graph and heat map Abstract As more people tweet, check-in and share pictures and videos of their daily experiences in the city, new opportunities arise to understand urban activity. When aggregated, these

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‘Magic Grants’ awards announced!

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation has awarded seed funding to teams of students, post-docs and faculty from Stanford and Columbia universities to develop new technologies that could transform the ways media content is produced, delivered and consumed. The winning projects include a natural language processor that detects media bias, an experiment in augmenting stories with virtual

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Board member Meeker at Code Conference

Brown Institute Board member Mary Meeker made news at the inaugural Code Conference on May 28, presenting her annual “most influential Internet trends” of the year.  Meeker’s “top 10” touted IOS manufacturing in the U.S., the rise of cyberthreats, the growth of online education, the digitization of healthcare, the push toward private social circles, big

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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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The Brown space in Pulitzer Hall

This morning, we took an image of the new home for the Brown Institute. As you can see, it’s a blank canvas. Last week, LTL Architects delivered their final designs and construction is scheduled to begin in a couple months. We will post construction images (who doesn’t love process pics?) as the project develops. (Here is an interactive

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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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DataFest

The Stanford and Columbia branches of the Brown Institute hosted a weekend data event exploring the role of money in politics. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, teaching and data from the Sunlight Foundation and spiritual guidance by Teresa Bouza from EFE, about 150 participants completed some amazing projects. Kathy Kiely of Sunlight wrote an excellent

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