MIT Technology Review: AI Could Help Reporters Dig Into Grassroots Issues Once More

Twitter’s media science chief says machine learning will help journalists understand a world fragmented by digital technologies and political polarization.

What’s needed, he says, is an approach to bridging political and societal divisions. He sees Cortico, a nonprofit he’s launched in collaboration with the Media Lab, as part of that effort. It plans to give existing newsrooms and local news entrepreneurs access to top-class machine learning, natural-language processing, and other tools. Reporters can use them to mine multiple data sources, identify grassroots concerns, and then develop stories that emphasize common ground between citizens with differing political views.


HBO VICE 82: Post Truth News and the microbiome

"Post-Truth News" - The U.S. is more divided across party lines than ever before in recent American history, and nowhere are these divisions more visible than in our media. With President Trump waging a war on mainstream news outlets and the rise of hyperpartisan sites spreading misinformation, trust in the traditional press has fallen to a record low of 32%. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung looks at what's driving the media's battle over facts and the polarization of the American public in the Trump era. (TV14) (AC,AL,BN,MV)


MediaShift Podcast #242: Pivots to Video a Mixed Bag; Twitter Doubles Character Count; Cortico’s Deb Roy on AI for Public Good

"There's a lot of potential for leveraging tune into signals that may allow an otherwise under-resourced newsroom or journalist to get a sense of what local concerns are.” - Deb Roy on working at Cortico

 The Knight Foundation puts $4.5 million into seven projects aiming to restore trust in media, and convenes an all-star Commission in Trust, Media and Democracy. Can they make a difference? Our Metric of the Week is Audience Shrinkage, and Mark speaks with Deb Roy, co-founder of social venture Cortico and Chief Scientist at Twitter, to talk about his efforts to use AI and analytics to create healthier public discourse. All on this week’s MediaShift Podcast!



Seven projects focused on improving trust in journalism, increasing news engagement to receive $2.5 million

Cortico | $900,000 | Twitter: corticoAI | Cambridge, Massachusetts: The 2016 election underscored the need to better listen to the voices of people who have gone unheard, to tell their stories and to develop a deeper understanding of a public sphere fragmented by digital technologies and political polarization. Cortico, a new nonprofit led by Deb Roy of the Laboratory for Social Machines at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will build a platform to address these issues, helping newsrooms surface and tell stories that resonate across this fragmented landscape to foster trust, empathy and common ground. Building on its expertise in social media analytics, Cortico will extend its platform to include multiple data sources (national news, syndicated/local talk radio, local news/forums, Wikipedia, survey panels) and to incorporate content and conversations at a local level.


Cortico's Co-founder and Chairman of the Board Deb Roy named a Member of the Knight Commission

With $4.5 million, Knight is launching a new commission — and funding more new projects — to address declining public trust in media

Knight has also put together a large panel of familiar names from the media to academia to tackle declining public trust in the press and other democratic institutions, with an additional $2 million in support. 


New York Times on reid Hoffman's support of cortico

“My approach to political investing is the Silicon Valley approach,” Mr. Hoffman, 50, said in an interview. “Find and back powerful entrepreneurs.”

The venture-style investments include starting a new group, Win the Future, whose self-described goal is to make the Democratic Party relevant again. He also invested $1 million in Cortico, a start-up that encourages online discourse between people with opposing political views. 

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Politico: Our Left-Right Media Divide Told Through Charlottesville

How partisan Twitter users saw and shared different narratives of Charlottesville and the aftermath.

After violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, media coverage differed on what aspect of the event to cover. Using analyses from Cortico and the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab, we looked at what partisan Twitter users shared during and after the events of Charlottesville. We found a clear split in the story as told through partisan sources.


MIT Technology review: tim cook: Technology Should Serve Humanity, Not the Other Way Around

In an exclusive interview, the CEO of Apple talks about artificial intelligence in iPhones and why he doesn’t want to talk about the future.

Earlier this week, striding across the stage at Apple’s annual developer conference in front of a crowd of thousands at the San Jose Convention Center, Tim Cook was animated and gushing, an evangelist for a series of new products and features. 


Recode: Reid hoffman could spend hundreds of millions to fix some of the country's biggest political problems

He’s looking at issues like free speech, political engagement and fake news.

Reid Hoffman is ready and willing to spend potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in his quest to fix some of the country’s lingering political, social and economic ills.


Associated Press: Trump's tweets aren't rocketing quite like they used to

WASHINGTON (AP) — His "FAKE NEWS" tweets don't rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don't excite quite the same old way.

Donald Trump's 140-character volleys helped define the first 100 days of his presidency. But the traction on his medium of choice has slipped a bit as his tone and button-pushing tendencies have cooled.


The Washington Post: Trump’s tweets cooling — and the impact is fading a bit

NEW YORK — They are the 140-character bursts that helped define the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.

But Donald Trump’s tweets seem to be losing some of their impact.


Vice News: Journalists and Trump voters live in separate online bubbles

When Donald Trump swept to victory in the Electoral College on Nov. 8, perhaps no group was more surprised than journalists, who had largely bought into the polls showing Hillary Clinton was consistently several percentage points ahead in key swing states.


World Economic forum: Confused by what’s happening in the US elections? This machine could help

“What just happened?” 

Since Brexit, the Colombia peace agreement referendum, and an array of “surprising” election results in Greece, Austria, Philippines, France and Germany, that’s the question everyone has been asking.