2013-2014 Magic Grant Wrap-ups

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

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XRay featured in the NYT Bits Blog

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.

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Crowdsourcing experts by Michael Bernstein

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

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Our new Columbia home!

Today the Brown Institute moved into its new home at Columbia University. I (Mark Hansen) can report that the space is more lovely than I could have ever imagined. While there’s plenty to do still — including a mural by Shantell Martin — the space is inspiring. LTL Architects did a wonderful job! To mark the move, the Chronicle

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Stanford names its 2014-2015 Brown Institute Fellows

Reflecting the growth and broadening scope of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Stanford has named five accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds as its 2014-2015 Brown Fellows. Dr. Tanja Aitamurto has participated in a range of Institute activities over the last two years and she has collaborated closely with the Widescope team.  Having recently received her doctoral degree from Tampere

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