Mining the where: CIA-funded start-up says 80% of online content contains location information

Last week at Local Social Summit I talked about some of the issues around location and privacy. Especially problematic is people’s inadvertent tagging of their photos with location information – something potentially of interest to crooks, stalkers and others you might not want to know everything about you. Open-source spying is a term which has…… Continue reading Mining the where: CIA-funded start-up says 80% of online content contains location information

Mining the now: Real time sense making

Here’s an emerging idea about how we can and will make sense of the vast amounts of data becoming available about what is happening right now… Juliana Rotich (whose work at Ushahidi I’ve discussed on this blog about a year ago) writes on her Afromusing blog about pulling together the ability to crowdsource the gathering…… Continue reading Mining the now: Real time sense making

Ushahidi: realtime social media lessons from crises (and a model for slow news?)

Yesterday, at the Legatum Institiute’s Next Generation Philanthropy Forum I got to meet Juliana Rotich, programme director at one of the most interesting open source projects in the world, Ushahidi. If you don’t know it, Ushahidi is an open source platform for communicating in a crisis. At simplest, it is a way of aggregating text…… Continue reading Ushahidi: realtime social media lessons from crises (and a model for slow news?)

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