Participatory Democracy Trial

The Participatory Democracy team at Stanford, led by Professor Ashish Goel from MS&E and Tanja Aitamurto from Stanford, UC Berkeley and University of Tampere, Finland, conducted a successful trial of their online participatory budgeting platform in Chicago’s 49th Ward. The team includes a Computer Science graduate student Sukolsak Sakshuwong from Stanford, recipient of a Brown Media Innovation Institute

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2014-15 Magic Grants Awarded!

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 mobile-based, augmented reality tool to expand the stories that museum curators can

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Brown/Tow Award

We are pleased to announce The Award for Excellence in Computational Journalism co-sponsored by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. It honors work by current M.S. or M.A. students at the Columbia School of Journalism that makes exceptional use of computation in the service of journalism or makes

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The Lede

Columbia University School of Journalism and the Columbia Department of Computer Science are offering a unique educational opportunity this summer for students who want to build up their understanding of data. Anchored in a mix of journalism, social science and the humanities, The Lede will introduce students with little or no technical background to a

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Bushwig at PCA/ACA

Adam and Jessa from the Bushwig Magic Grant will present their work at the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting in Chicago this week. They will speak on identity curation, or rather, the decisions we make about how to present ourselves in everyday life, summarizing the focus groups they’ve interviewed for their Magic Grant. Good luck!

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A Second Hard Hat Dinner

Last night, the Institute hosted its second Hard Hat Dinner. We invited 19 media scholars, educators, journalists, entrepreneurs, and friends for the second in a series of events to celebrate the construction of our new space. The evening started with a tour of the Brown construction site which has changed considerably since our first event

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CityBeat: Real-time Social Media Visualization of Hyper-local City Data

Authors Xia C., Schwartz, R., Xie K., Krebs A., Langdon A., Ting J. and Naaman M. Abstract With the increasing volume of location-annotated content from various social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare, we now have real-time access to people’s daily documentation of local activities, interests and attention. In this demo paper, we presentCityBeat1,

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