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February 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation: Dr. Krishna Ratakonda

February 14, 2019 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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At 4:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Brown Institute for Media Innovation (2nd Floor, Pulitzer Hall), the Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation series will highlight programmers, data scientists, and other practitioners from the private sector who lead cutting-edge technology initiatives such as Python, C++, and the Open Source Initiative. The event will include a presentation, Question & Answer session, and post-event networking reception. All Columbia University students, faculty, postdocs, and administrators are welcome to register…

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Transparency Series Seminar: Image Analysis

February 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Alongside advances in personal computing power, as well as machine learning techniques, is the ability to create data from images and video. Computer Vision and image analysis has infiltrated our cameras, detecting faces and friends; its in security systems detecting identities of entire populations; and it's in cars, reading road lines, signs, and objects. Join us as we hear about computer vision and image analysis, and its application in a journalistic space. Speaker to be announced. For registration and more…

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Transparency Series Workshop: Image Analysis

February 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join a Stanford researcher who will walk us through image analysis over large collections of videos. In this process, you will learn how to extract summary information from an archive, detailing everything from gender bias through screen time to fashion trends by channel and season. Workshop leader to be announced. For registration and more information, go to transparency.brown.columbia.edu

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March 2019

Transparency Series Workshop: Digital Security

March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Journalism depends on digital tools — from reporting to writing to distributing content. Communications with sources is often mediated via computer in some way. How do we make sure our journalism is “safe” — protecting our reporters and our sources, protecting the process. In this workshop, we will teach you some of the basics to protect your devices, from mobile phones to laptops, and introduce you to “best practices” to secure your reporting. Workshop leader to be announced. To apply…

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Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation and Transparency Series Seminar: Runa Sandvik

March 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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As part of the Distinguished Lectures in Computation, and as the seminar to our Transparency Series on Digital Security, join Runa Sandvik, senior director of information security for The New York Times, who will discuss her efforts to keep the Times, its reporters and readers, safe. In a Times profile earlier this year, these efforts include “two-factor authentication for reporters; … a confidential page for tips from sources; secure communication methods; protection for Times subscriber accounts; and more.” In a…

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April 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation: Dr. Gina Helfrich

April 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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At 4:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Brown Institute for Media Innovation (2nd Floor, Pulitzer Hall), the Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation series will highlight programmers, data scientists, and other practitioners from the private sector who lead cutting-edge technology initiatives such as Python, C++, and the Open Source Initiative. This lectures features Dr. Gina Helfrich, Director of Communications and Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion, NumFOCUS. Title: Join or Die: The Future of Computational Innovation…

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Transparency Series Seminar: Drone Photography

April 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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As with Virtual Reality, drone journalism offers opportunities in data collection and visual representation afforded by few other technologies that are within the grasp of a typical newsroom. Drones, or unmanned aerial systems, provide a perspective that is truly unique. It seems to be good for providing a sense of scale (moving from the ground to a significant vantage point above some event or phenomenon). Drones can provide access to regions that are otherwise impossible to film. The artful, informative…

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Transparency Series Workshop: Drone Photography

April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Drones can provide access to regions that are otherwise impossible to film. The artful, informative deployment of drone photography and its role in journalism is the subject of this Transparency Series event. On Saturday, we will get our hands dirty and take a field trip north of NYC and give students the chance to both pilot small drones as well as stage shots from the robotic, onboard camera. Workshop leader to be announced. To apply and for more information, go…

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