Synthetic media: be as afraid as you ever were

Synthetic media is a term I’d not come across before hearing about Google’s paper on fighting disinformation that was published this week. It describes those eerily realistic images and video generated through artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) techniques. You might have seen the video of the Jennifer Lawrence press conference where she has been gifted…… Continue reading Synthetic media: be as afraid as you ever were

Google’s “Yay” vs. Twitter’s nuanced view

A Broadstuff post about the Summly acquisition by Yahoo! looks at the story as a test for how well Google works as a search engine vs. Twitter.  Now, Google works better than anything out there if you know what it is you want to find, but Twitter, Broadstuff asserts, is where you go to understand…… Continue reading Google’s “Yay” vs. Twitter’s nuanced view

Dronestagram

This, I did not  know: …UK drones have been used in almost 350 attacks in Afghanistan since 2008 (that’s a drone strike every four days), and recently moved to double the size of its fleet of reaper drones. James Bridle thinks it is something more people should know about and has created an  Instagram profile…… Continue reading Dronestagram

API and they know it: Guardian distributes *everything* online

* Updated * I’ve also written about Best Buy setting its catalogue content free at the iCrossing Connect blog… Jeff Jarvis has an excellent post headed APIs: The New Distribution about The Guardian’s decision to distribute everything online. If you’re even slightly non-technical you may not know what an API is. Basically it’s a way…… Continue reading API and they know it: Guardian distributes *everything* online

Innovation in news: Al-Jazeera Labs

Fascinating to see how Arabic and English news service Al Jazeera is approaching the innovation imperative with its Al Jazeera Labs project. In the first couple of months of this year the company has rolled out many deals and pilots in interesting areas, according to a great report on Journalism.co.uk. I’m especially intrigued by things…… Continue reading Innovation in news: Al-Jazeera Labs

Edge of a riot: Social media, balance and truth in the news

When I was a student in 1994 I was on the front cover of The Indpendent the morning after a riot outside the Houses of Parliament. The image was of a grimacing, dreadlocked fellow’s grimacing face lunging over the line of police shields. (No, that wasn’t me…) The picture spoke a thousand words. It told…… Continue reading Edge of a riot: Social media, balance and truth in the news

People’s News: social media and newsgathering in 2008

The staff of NowPublic, the “particpatory news network” as it describes itself, has picked a list of the top 10 stories from 2008 in which social media played a role. 2008’s Top 10 Moments in User-Generated News 1.    Mumbai attacks 2.    Natural disasters: Emergency info 3.    SF Olympic torch relay protests 4.    Obama and “Bittergate”…… Continue reading People’s News: social media and newsgathering in 2008

Un-filtered news: Twitter, the BBC and Mumbai

Media Guardian carries a timely analysis of some of the discussion of Twitter informing, in some cases becoming part of, the coverage of the terrorist attrocities in Mumbai.  It picks up on a blog post by Steve Herman, editor of the BBC News website:    As for the Twitter messages we were monitoring, most did…… Continue reading Un-filtered news: Twitter, the BBC and Mumbai

Techmeme turns up the human in its news aggregator mix

Aggregators were my first love, when it comes to news and social media – I’ve always been infatuated with the idea of Digg, lover of Techmeme and I basically see most of the world through my personal aggregator, the ever flexible and accesible Google Reader.  So it’s nice to see some fervent discussion among bloggers…… Continue reading Techmeme turns up the human in its news aggregator mix