THE DECLASSIFICATION ENGINE is a partnership between faculty and students in Columbia’s Departments of History, Statistics and Computer Science. The goal was to probe the limits of official secrecy by applying natural language processing software to archives of declassified documents to examine whether it is possible to predict the contents of redacted text, attribute authorship to anonymous documents and
The New York Times Bits Blog featured a long piece by Steve Lohr on XRay, “a reverse-engineering machine that models the correlations made by web services.” As you browse the web, shop online or contact friends via SMS or email, companies collect and share information, making inferences about you to target their services. XRay exposes those inferences.
Michael Bernstein’s work about crowdsourcing expertise and problem-solving is featured on a new video. He shows how to dynamically assemble and manage paid online experts. Bernstein is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Stanford, and he develops systems and tools for crowdsourcing work with his team. Bernstein is affiliated with the Brown Institute, and he and his teams are
Eight 2014-15 Magic Grant award winners joined teams from the Class of 2013-14 at Stanford on June 9 and 10 for the Brown Institute’s quarterly all-hands meeting. The teams introduced themselves, their projects, and engaged in a half-day Design Thinking workshop. The session was facilitated by Umbreen Bhatti, a 2013-14 John S. Knight Fellow
Ashish Goel and Tanja Aitamurto represented the Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team last week at a White House conference organized by Lynn Overmann, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer. They gave a small presentation about how their digital platform, Widescope, was used to do participatory budgeting in the 49th ward of Chicago. Their partners from the 49th ward in Chicago gave a ringing
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
David Chen’s paper, “Interframe Coding of Global Image Signatures for Mobile Augmented Reality,” presented in March at the Data Compression Conference, has been selected to receive the prestigious Capocelli Award, given yearly for an outstanding student-authored and student-presented paper. A copy of David’s paper can be found here.
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!
CityBeat, a social media mining news project, will be featured at the Hacks/Hackers NYC Demo Day on Monday, March 17. Raz Schwartz of Cornell Tech and Alyssa Katz of The New York World will share their project-in-progress with New York City’s community of news developers and innovators. Participants get 5 minutes to present a news-oriented project, and 5