Magic Grant ‘Documenting COVID-19’ Receives 2020 Free Speech & Open Government Award from The First Amendment Coalition

The Brown Institute is pleased to announce Magic Grant project ‘Documenting COVID-19‘ is the 2020 recipient of The First Amendment Coalition’s Free Speech & Open Government award. The project includes a team of journalists, data scientists, and a designer and has worked tirelessly to shed light on how state and local governments have responded to the

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The burden of malaria among pregnant women in Nigeria – an update on the reporting grants from Maternal Figures

Data shows that malaria accounts for 11% of maternal deaths in Nigeria. While it is not the lion’s share of the factors that contribute to maternal deaths, it is a significant one. In a story supported by the Maternal Figures Solutions Journalism Fellowship funded by The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Premium Times reporter Chiamaka

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Sylvia featured in Variety magazine

“Instagram is full of wannabes, but there was only one Sylvia.” On November 24th, Damon Wise, Writer at Variety magazine interviewed our creative technologist Ziv Schneider about her project Sylvia, which premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) DocLab this month.  In the interview, Ziv reflected on this five-month-long social experiment in making an aging

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Magic Grant projects ‘Public Analysis of TV News’ and ‘Sports Illustrated’ featured on Bloomberg QuickTake

On October 21, 2020, Ashlee Vance, Senior Writer at Bloomberg Businessweek interviewed Stanford Professor Kayvon Fatahalian and highlighted advancements in artificial intelligence through Magic Grant projects Public Analysis of TV News and Sports Illustrated. In the piece, Vance and Fatahalian highlight the tremendous opportunities that AI has provided for media makers. Both also offer thoughtfulness

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Institute Director Agrawala talks Deep Fakes with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI

To spot a deep fake, researchers looked for inconsistencies between “visemes,” or mouth formations, and “phonemes,” the phonetic sounds. Using AI to Detect Seemingly Perfect Deep-Fake Videos was published on the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Blog on 10/13/2020, which featured Brown Institute Director Maneesh Agrawala. In the article, Agrawala spoke to the struggles

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