Stanford Welcomes Wired Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson

On October 8, The Brown Institute at Stanford welcomed Wired magazine Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson who joined Stanford Brown Director, Maneesh Agrawala, for an in-depth conversation about the state of the media and technology. The two discussed  the trajectory of Thompson’s journalistic career – from The Washington Monthly, to The New Yorker.com, The Atavist, to Wired and

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Frameworks for Predicting the Next Big Trends in Tech

    Industry-shifting opportunities come along about every five-to-ten years. In this Sept. 24th conversation at Stanford, Ceci Stallsmith, Slack’s Director of Platform Marketing, outlined her methodology for detecting platform shifts before it’s too late to jump on a trend. Given that the media industry is incredibly trend-driven and that the impact of innovation seems

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Brown Institute Welcomes Technology Journalist Kara Swisher

On May 2, Brown welcomed technology journalist Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode and a contributing writer to The New York Times Opinion Section. She previously wrote for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and served as  executive editor of All Things Digital. Swisher discussed the state of the technology industry and shared her perspectives on media trends

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Nicholas Diakopoulos @ Stanford: “Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the News”

From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is increasingly computer generated. Nicholas  Diakopoulos, an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s School of Communication, and  an expert in computer science and media, discussed  the present and future of journalism in a world in which news is created by algorithms. Here’s more from The Stanford

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“More Than Just a Pretty Picture” – MIT’s Felice Frankel on “Image and Meaning”

On January 30, the Brown Institute at Stanford welcomed Felice Frankel, celebrated science photographer and MIT research scientist. Frankel offered an afternoon masterclass on “Image and Meaning” and in an evening talk discussed her new book “Picturing Science and Engineering” (MIT Press).  During the well-attended “Image and Meaning” masterclass, Frankel outlined was for students, faculty

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J. Nathan Matias: Innovating in the Public Square

J. Nathan Matias, associate research scholar at Princeton University in psychology, the Center for Information Technology Policy, and sociology, also is the founder of CivilServant, a nonprofit that organizes citizen behavioral science and behavioral consumer protection research for the internet. In this talk, Matias discusses how CivilServant has worked with communities of tens of millions of people on Reddit and Twitter

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