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BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti reboots his business plan - Recode Media
BuzzFeed CEO, Jonah Peretti, sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka live from the Digital Content Next Summit in Miami to discuss BuzzFeed's new direction.
journalism  Business  strategy  podcasts  Buzzfeed 
6 days ago by Scub4
ACLU called Clearview AI’s facial recognition accuracy study 'absurd' | BuzzFeed
Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that claims to have a database of more than 3 billion photos scraped from websites and social media, has been telling prospective law enforcement clients that a review of its software based on “methodology used by the American Civil Liberties Union” is stunningly accurate. The UW's MegaFace facial recognition system is mentioned.
Buzzfeed  natl  !UWitM  2020  Artificial.Intelligence 
7 days ago by uwnews
BuzzFeed News is recruiting teenagers to make election-themed TikTok and Instagram videos » Nieman Journalism Lab
Sara Yasin, BuzzFeed News’ director of news curation, said three teen ambassadors — aged 16 to 19 — will be chosen to make weekly videos for TikTok or Instagram stories based on their passion for political issues and creative storytelling abilities. (No YouTube: Yasin said making a quality YouTube video would be overly time-consuming for the teenagers, who’ll likely be enrolled in high school or their freshman year of college.)
tiktok  Instagram  stories  buzzfeed  elections 
13 days ago by paulbradshaw
Clearview AI says it identified a terrorism suspect — the cops say that's not true | BuzzFeed
Clearview AI has built a database of billions of photos that it says can reveal just about anyone's true identity. But there are troubling questions about its past. Research from the UW is mentioned.
Buzzfeed  !UWitM  2020  natl  College:Engineering  Artificial.Intelligence 
25 days ago by uwnews
We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage
Survivors of St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington, Vermont, claimed to have been subjected to every imaginable abuse: dangled upside down over wells; forced to eat their own vomit; locked in cabinets or attics, sometimes for days; shoved out of windows. The abuse was so dehumanizing and so relentless, they said, that it came to seem almost ordinary, the only logic to which these children were exposed.

Kenneally set out — on what was initially a year-long contract — to find out what really happened behind St. Joseph’s high stone walls.
buzzfeed  multimedia  4303 
4 weeks ago by reginajmc
BuzzFeed In 2020
Media Network. We will strengthen and optimize our content flywheel to profitably grow our content network.

Switchboard for Culture and Commerce. Our content drives real world transactions. We will extend our successful shopping content to new industries and begin to capture more value for the transactions we inspire.

The Future of TV. We will capitalize on the shift to streaming with innovative marketing, new formats, content development, and a new interactive content studio.

Community and Membership. We will pioneer “paid social” and better models for building community on BuzzFeed as an alternative to the big social platforms.

Original Documents and Receipts. We will expand our work providing primary documents and source material, as an alternative to blind trust in news.
journalism  Media  Buzzfeed  2020  Innovation  strategy  tv  communities 
5 weeks ago by Scub4
BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti on Making the World a Meme
As the decade began, there were rea­sons to be optimistic: America had elected its first black president, and despite a global recession just two years earlier, the world hadn’t cascaded into total financial collapse.
buzzfeed  history  internet  memes  news  social  media  virality  stream 
6 weeks ago by therourke
How The 2010s Killed The Celebrity Gossip Machine
But the celebrities didn’t vanquish the paparazzi so much as figure out how to undercut them — and the publications they fueled. In the end, the solution was so straightforward. Celebrities simply became their own paparazzi, posting all manner of details and footage of their daily lives on social media, and effectively put real paparazzi out of business.
celebrity  fame  paparazzi  socialmedia  Buzzfeed  2019 
6 weeks ago by inspiral
Putin’s Global Killing Campaign: How Kremlin Assassins Sowed Terror Through The Streets Of London While British Police Scrambled To Stop Them
Putin’s enemy Boris Berezovsky knew the Kremlin was trying to kill him in London, but to the frustration of British authorities, he refused to lie low — or to stop trafficking teenage sex workers into the country on his private plane.
BorisBerezovsky  assassination  FSB  Russia  London  UK  Buzzfeed  2019 
6 weeks ago by inspiral
The 2010s Broke Our Sense Of Time
This is why algorithmic time is so disorienting and why it bends your mind. Everything good, bad, and complicated flows through our phones, and for those not living some hippie Walden trip, we operate inside a technological experience that moves forward and back, and pulls you with it. Using a phone is tied up with the relentless, perpendicular feeling of living through the Trump presidency: the algorithms that are never quite with you in the moment, the imperishable supply of new Instagram stories, the scrolling through what you said six hours ago, the four new texts, the absence of texts, that text from three days ago that has warmed up your entire life, the four versions of the same news alert. You can find yourself wondering why you’re seeing this now — or knowing too well why it is so. You can feel amazing and awful — exult in and be repelled by life — in the space of seconds. The thing you must say, the thing you’ve been waiting for — it’s always there, pulling you back under again and again and again. Who can remember anything anymore?
buzzfeed  technology  time  social  media 
7 weeks ago by betajames
phase boundaries
Jiang Cheng thinks that Wei Wuxian would be a much better ghost hunter if he'd stop flirting with the cameraman for more than five minutes.

(The cameraman who may or may not be a demon.)
fic  au  mdzs  lan.zhan/wei.wuxian  crossover  buzzfeed 
7 weeks ago by allieyy
Inside Documents Show How Amazon Chose Speed Over Safety in Building Its Delivery Network
“Time after time, internal documents and interviews with company insiders show, Amazon officials have ignored or overlooked signs that the company was overloading its fast-growing delivery network while eschewing the expansive sort of training and oversight provided by a legacy carrier like UPS.

“One such incident hit particularly close to home. Just as the company began to build its delivery network six years ago, a delivery van carrying Amazon packages struck a cyclist in a San Francisco suburb. The cyclist was Joy Covey, Amazon’s first chief financial officer. She was killed, leaving behind a young son.”
amazon  propublica  buzzfeed  2019  buzzfeednews 
8 weeks ago by handcoding

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