David Cohn to speak on Object-Orientated Journalism

Join us for Brown^2 Bag Lunch Speaker Series at Stanford Object-Oriented Journalism: Case Circa by David Cohn, Founding Editor & Chief Content Officer, Circa Friday, November 7th, 2014, 12pm (noon), Y2E2 101, Stanford University Object-oriented journalism atomizes the content into pieces, which can be re-used and circulated in several contexts. David Cohn tells how Circa, one of the best-known journalism start-ups, applies object-oriented journalism

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Drag and Facebook’s Identity Problem

Brown Institute Magic Grantee Jessa Lingel co-authored a piece for The Atlanticon Facebook’s recent public apology. According to their article After aggressively suspending the accounts of dozens of drag performers, in some cases demanding they submit legal ID to keep their profiles alive, yesterday Facebook apologized to the drag queens and the broader queer community supporting

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Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things

This weekend the Brown Institute hosted Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things, an experiment, led by the Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia, in new forms and functions of storytelling. Roughly 25 storytellers, game developers, makers, creative technologists, experience designers and journalists participated in a special one day story lab. An experiment in co-authorship – Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things invited 25 participants to

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Latour week at Columbia

Last night, Prof. Latour spoke to an audience of 500 people on his recent work is on climate change, on global ecological crisis. You can see a video of the event here. Next up, his project “Gaia Global Circus” will be presented at The Kitchen in Chelsea. To help understand the disconnect between the scale of the problems we

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2013-2014 Magic Grant Wrap-ups

THE DECLASSIFICATION ENGINE is a partnership between faculty and students in Columbia’s Departments of History, Statistics and Computer Science. The goal was to probe the limits of official secrecy by applying natural language processing software to archives of declassified documents to examine whether it is possible to predict the contents of redacted text, attribute authorship to anonymous documents and

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XRay featured in the NYT Bits Blog

The New York Times Bits Blog featured a long piece by Steve Lohr on XRay, “a reverse-engineering machine that models the correlations made by web services.” As you browse the web, shop online or contact friends via SMS or email, companies collect and share information, making inferences about you to target their services. XRay exposes those inferences.

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Crowdsourcing experts by Michael Bernstein

Michael Bernstein’s work about crowdsourcing expertise and problem-solving is featured on a new video. He shows how to dynamically assemble and manage paid online experts. Bernstein is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Stanford, and he develops systems and tools for crowdsourcing work with his team. Bernstein is affiliated with the Brown Institute, and he and his teams are

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