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Stats, Maps n Pix: A Review of OS Open Zoomstack
the examples above involved me uploading the vector tile set to Mapbox and doing a little bit of tweaking, the maps below simply involved downloading the data as a single file GeoPackage, loading it up in QGIS, re-ordering the layers, and then applying style files. You can find the instructions for this in the documentation and if you're an experienced QGIS user it'll be really easy. Even though the whole lot is about 10.6GB, it works very quickly for me on the machines I've tested it on.

This new release from Ordnance Survey is a also a nice demonstration of why the GeoPackage is - shudder - the future for geospatial data. No offence to Professor Shapefile, it's just the way things seem to be moving and this use case, for me, provides a good example that helps demonstrate where the GeoPackage has real advantages over the Shapefile. But I'm not here to talk about that right now.
qgis  os  mapping  tools  t  shapefiles  geopackage 
1 hour ago by paulbradshaw
The hit podcast In the Dark is bringing “meaningful interactions” — and money — to the investigation » Nieman Journalism Lab
There’s little argument over whether In the Dark is a quality podcast. Some listeners feel it’s even worth $50 to join a Facebook group for it.

That’s one way that American Public Media is fundraising for In the Dark, the investigative/true crime podcast hosted by Madeleine Baran (and named as one of the best podcasts of 2018 by our podcasting expert Nicholas Quah of Hot Pod, with accolades from critics at Vox as well). In its two months of existence, more than 250 people have joined the group, which is for donors only. (And $50 is only the minimum donation.)

“I’m a millennial, so I’ve been focusing more on experiences for listeners and how they can dive deeper into the programs they love,” said Emily Kittleson, APM’s national fundraising manager. She said more than 1,000 people have donated to In the Dark this season (a “big increase in donations” compared to the first), and the number of donors in the group is comparable to how many would actually accept a material incentive, like a mug or a tote bag.
Podcasts  bm  fb  cm  donations  t 
yesterday by paulbradshaw
Our cheatsheet for hosting communities of practice (& why there is no cutting corners when convening people) — The Membership Puzzle Project
We then used this model to bring together the Join the Beat communityof 11 reporters from nine news organizations based in the United States, Canada, Scotland, and the Netherlands. We brought on Melanie Sill, an experienced news leader, who was eager to work with reporters to try to improve the quality and relevance of their journalism through “reporting with” approaches tapping their audience members’ interests and expertise. For this group we hosted a call for applicants through social media and word of mouth, and we asked reporters to write brief pitches about their ideas for reaching existing and potential sources and communities to “join the beat.”
cm  communitiesofpractice  guidelines  community  diversity  t  s 
yesterday by paulbradshaw
Does factchecking have a women problem? - Full Fact
Some surveys have shown that women are more likely to say they avoid news than men and that women may have less political knowledge than men in countries around the world, although there is still an ongoing debate about why this is.
gender  factchecking  t 
2 days ago by paulbradshaw
FastCharts — Changing the FT Newsroom, One Tool at a Time
One of the main features which gives FastCharts more depth is the Chart Library. This allows users to save, share and retrieve charts and data, and it works with the separate API we created as part of the rebuild. The API has taken on a life of its own and we now see it as a completely separate product, allowing developers to create a custom UI in other projects which access the Chart Library. A recent example was on a CMS discovery project we’re currently working on. We are now able to connect to the API and use it to search for and insert charts straight into articles
vis  ft  tools  cms  t 
2 days ago by paulbradshaw
Poverty link to early death 'scandalous' - BBC News
Poverty link to early death 'scandalous' - BBC News
bbcsdu  dj  poverty  health  t 
3 days ago by paulbradshaw
American Conservatives Played A Secret Role In The Macedonian Fake News Boom Ahead Of 2016
But after reviewing social media posts, government records, domain registry information, and archived versions of fake news sites, as well as interviewing key players, BuzzFeed News, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and the Investigative Reporting Lab Macedonia can now reveal that Veles’ political news industry was not started spontaneously by apolitical teens.

Rather, it was launched by a well-known Macedonian media attorney, Trajche Arsov — who worked closely with two high-profile American partners for at least six months during a period that overlapped with Election Day.
buzzfeed  occrp  fakenews  politics  whois  archives  osint  t 
3 days ago by paulbradshaw
The Washington Post is starting a channel on Amazon-owned Twitch - Digiday
The channel will kick off with two shows. One is live news coverage hosted by video reporter Libby Casey, starting July 16 with a livestream covering President Trump’s meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, with the frequency to be determined by the news cycle. The other is a series starting July 19 called “Playing Games with Politicians” where political reporter David Weigel will interview prominent politicians (Rep. Matt Gaetz, Sen. Corey Booker and Rep. Suzan DelBene are confirmed for the first season) while they play video games.
onlinevideo  twitch  platforms  t 
6 days ago by paulbradshaw
54 newsrooms, 9 countries, and 9 core ideas: Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation » Nieman Journalism Lab
news media most successful at creating and maintaining ties with their readers, users, listeners and viewers will increasingly be media that dare challenge some of the journalist dogmas of the last century: the dogma of arm’s length; the dogma of neutrality; the dogma of objectivity; the belief that journalists have a special ability to find and choose what is important for citizens. And not least: the basic idea, that journalism is primarily about transporting news and information from A to B.
innovation  bm  research  t  s  cm  objectivity  membership  intrapreneurship 
6 days ago by paulbradshaw
A new hope: AI for news media | TechCrunch
machine learning can be utilized to create new forms of interaction between people, journalists and the newsroom. Automatically moderated commenting is just one example already in use today. Think if it would be possible to build interactions directly on the lock screen that let the journalists better understand the way content is consumed, simultaneously capturing in real time the emotions conveyed by the story.
ai  ml  t  personalisation  comments 
6 days ago by paulbradshaw
Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News : NPR
Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News : NPR
russia  twitter  fakenews  disinformation  t 
7 days ago by paulbradshaw
Instagram Explains How Its Algorithm Works in New Briefing | Social Media Today
The algorithm does not favor image or video posts – as noted above, this is based on each user’s behaviour

There’s no reach penalty for posting too often, though it may see some of your posts interspersed with updates from other users to avoid people seeing streams of your content

The algorithm gives no preference to personal or business accounts – they are all ranked equally
instagram  t  s  algorithms  smo 
9 days ago by paulbradshaw
Conversations with data: How to tell stories with open data
What you said
The term ‘open data’ might imply that it’s readily available, but it was clear from your submissions that accessing relevant data isn’t without its challenges.
opendata  t 
11 days ago by paulbradshaw
Take our playbook: NPR’s guide to building immersive storytelling projects | NPR Training
This post provides an introduction to Hypothesis-Driven Design, as well as our step-by-step guide for taking projects from concept to completion. The guide, which you can view in Google Docs at or download as a PDF, is geared toward folks with experience leading digital storytelling projects and includes recommended roles and responsibilities on an HDD team as well as templates for each step to help you get started.
s  t  immersive  guide  narrative 
12 days ago by paulbradshaw
NGOs as Newsmakers | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Matthew Powers, of the University of Washington, argues that while these efforts have changed and expanded traditional news practices and coverage, NGOs are still dependent upon traditional political and media elites.
nonprofit  research  ngo  t 
13 days ago by paulbradshaw
The road to growth: How The Times (UK) reaches 500k subscribers milestone - Digiday
The Times’ “digital butler” is also learning when is the right time registered-access users want to receive messages and then sending out personalized emails, born out of predictive data models that judge when the highest probability of subscribing is. It will extend this to push notifications, text messages and social channels over time.

“If you’re seeing messaging from us because you read about Brexit, do we make that general messaging or relevant messaging, and can we then get you to sign up to [political daily newsletter] Red Box?” said Duncan. “We’re constantly learning what our conversion targets could be, it’s something we’re constantly looking to improve and it’s gradually ticking up.”
ml  subscriptions  times  personalisation  t 
13 days ago by paulbradshaw
Full Fact Remote Volunteering, expression of interest.
Full Fact Remote Volunteering, expression of interest.
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16 days ago by paulbradshaw
The Guardian finds less polished video works better on Instagram Stories - Digiday
Two months ago the Guardian started tracking and analyzing its Instagram audience data on a more granular basis, to test what formats and topics it should develop and evolve and what should be scrapped. The upshot: video drives more new followers than static posts, but time and resources spent on creating polished Instagram videos, specifically for Stories, simply aren’t worth the pay-off.
instagram  guardian  narrative  stories  t  analytics 
17 days ago by paulbradshaw
The Washington Post’s The Lily is building its Instagram aesthetic and sharing news with millennial women in the process » Nieman Journalism Lab
Her top tips for Instagram: Make sure the people running the account understand aesthetics (not just the algorithm), use the quotes-on-a-photo format sparingly, and do more with the select-multiple-photos setting to create slideshows, like pointing out the low proportion of female firefighters in the U.S. or highlighting the history made by Spain’s prime minister appointing a record number of women to his cabinet.
instagram  s  t  cm 
17 days ago by paulbradshaw
More than a magic electoral map: How Politico plans its (open source) Slack chats during the midterms » Nieman Journalism Lab
Politico reporters gather on a Slack channel that links their messages to the outside world with the aforementioned code spun up by McClure and the interactive news team. Audience members don’t have to make their own Slack account or join the workspace, but during an election night they can toggle back and forth between the results page and the conversation, piping in with their own questions over Twitter. It’s like the readers going to a watch party or trivia event, but with less effort — perhaps literally by staying at home.
slack  chat  t  politics 
17 days ago by paulbradshaw
Gmail messages 'read by human third parties' - BBC News
Gmail messages 'read by human third parties' - BBC News
gmail  security  t  apps  email 
18 days ago by paulbradshaw
Why LinkedIn wants to make original journalism | The Drum
today home to a 50-strong and growing team of professional journalists spread across five continents.
Alumni of distinguished publishers such as Reuters, The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal, it is their job to sprinkle editorial credibility on top of the mountains of user-generated content – of varying degrees of quality – posted into LinkedIn news feeds every day by legions of ‘thought leaders’.
linkedin  platforms  t 
19 days ago by paulbradshaw
Energy ministry's London offices are ruled energy inefficient - BBC News
Energy ministry's London offices are ruled energy inefficient - BBC News
foieg  BBC  environment  t 
20 days ago by paulbradshaw
“Complicating the Narratives”
people who had read the more simplistic article tended to get stuck in negativity. But those who had read the more complex articles did not. They asked more questions, proposed higher quality ideas and left the lab more satisfied with their conversations. “They don’t solve the debate,” Coleman says, “but they do have a more nuanced understanding and more willingness to continue the conversation.” Complexity is contagious, it turns out, which is wonderful news for humanity.
narrative  t  conflict  solutionsjournalism  sj  sbj 
21 days ago by paulbradshaw
Funded PhD studentship in algorithmic bias @ University of Sheffield
Funded PhD studentship in algorithmic bias @ University of Sheffield
phd  funding  algorithms  t 
23 days ago by paulbradshaw
How Vogue diversified away from Facebook - Digiday
Vogue’s editors, audience development team and Condé Nast’s corporate SEO team started focusing on long-tail, evergreen content like posts about specific designers’ collections, where ranking high in searches for information about a designer or collection was a priority.
“If we can’t win in that, then we’re not supporting this brand appropriately,” said Sally Singer, Vogue’s creative digital director.
SEO  vogue  magazines  evergreen  s  t 
25 days ago by paulbradshaw
HuffPost Listens: Why We Are Moving Our Entire Newsroom To Birmingham Next Week
HuffPost Listens: Why We Are Moving Our Entire Newsroom To Birmingham Next Week
huffpo  Birmingham  t 
26 days ago by paulbradshaw
Facebook Is About To Bring The Hammer Down On Overseas Fake News Operators
The company told BuzzFeed News it has deployed machine learning that it says can automatically identify and reduce the reach of pages administered by people who target others elsewhere in the world with hoaxes in order to make money. This approach is squarely aimed at bad actors such as the now-famous Macedonians who run pages about US politics that targeted Americans with fake news during and after the 2016 US presidential election.
ml  fb  fakenews  t  verification 
27 days ago by paulbradshaw
What happens when China’s state-run media embraces AI? - Columbia Journalism Review
Through information exchange agreements with news outlets in countries as far-ranging as Argentina and Kenya, Xinhua is already spreading its content across continents. And with AI on Xinhua’s horizon, the CCP’s narrative will certainly have greater reach. All newswires that use AI will.  “Once you start [writing wires] in an automated fashion, all of a sudden, you can scale up very, very quickly,” says Gourley. “An AP writer is going to write one article…but what if you could write a hundred? Now, you’re not just a major player in the already-small number of players controlling a pretty big influence in a global conversation, but you’re the best player.”

It looks like Xinhua might soon have a leg-up on the competition. In last week’s announcement, the agency predicted the updated Media Brain could generate over 10,000 news videos during this year’s World Cup.
ai  t  china  xinhua 
27 days ago by paulbradshaw
How Swiss news publisher NZZ built a flexible paywall using machine learning - Digiday
when readers get these registration and payment messages and how those messages look varies based on predefined rules, dozens of A/B tests and machine learning.
ml  t  bm  paywalls  Switzerland 
4 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Social media lead, BBC Digital England | Jobs and careers with BBC
BBC Digital England is looking for a Senior Journalist to lead on social media on a one year attachment. Our digital teams provide online news and sport content that reaches more than 12 million people each week and alongside this, we have developed a range of successful social media content.  
bbc  ojjobs  sm  t 
4 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
That Olive Garden Commercial Written By A Bot Is Likely Fake
Writer Keaton Patti, who has authored many of the “I forced a bot” posts that look dubious told Gizmodo, “I just want to say that I’m really happy people are enjoying the bot’s work and to look out for more in the future.” Lol. Of course, if the bot is real, Patti could probably make a lot more money working for a company like Google than doing comedy.
hoax  bots  t 
4 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Study: Charts change hearts and minds better than words do
We find that providing participants with graphical information significantly decreases false and unsupported factual beliefs.” Crucially, they show that data presented in graphs and illustrations does a better job of fighting misperceptions than the same information presented in text form.
vis  research  trust  t  s 
4 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Practical advice for tackling gender imbalance in news media from #WINSummit18 - World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA
While at Gizmodo, Narisetti regularly shared numbers on gender with all staff and included statistics from other companies to show how they were stacking up against them.
“If you’re doing this, share it with all your staff because then it becomes much more of a shared challenge,” he said.
“And the advantage of sending it out is that you should really hope that it leaks because it puts so much pressure on you. You’re really on the hook now.”
gender  diversity  s  transparency  t 
5 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Playbook for Launching a Local, Nonprofit News Outlet - Shorenstein Center
The project builds on the News Revenue Hub’s experience working with news organizations, industry groups, and researchers across the country. In line with the Hub’s mission, this playbook is designed to give emerging journalism ventures the tools they need to get started as they establish sustainable operations and fortify access to quality journalism in communities everywhere.
Hyperlocal  bm  guide  t 
5 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Are the media and communications industries institutionally racist? | LSE Media Policy Project
One way of addressing this question is to reject the idea of race as a category, and instead interpret it as ‘a process of structured events which over time demonstrate a system whereby groups and individuals are racialized’. Race is then transformed from a static, singular property to a systemic, dynamic and fluid attribute, repeatedly applied to groups and individuals in ways that impose marginalisation on some and grant inclusion to others. Its systemic nature means it is deeply embedded across a wide range of situations, and so the stubborn persistence of institutional racism in the media and communications industries is more easily explained.
diversity  race  t  research  journalism 
5 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Join our bot-building team — Quartz Bot Studio
Join our bot-building team — Quartz Bot Studio
ojjobs  bots  dj  t 
5 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
“D3 is not a Data Visualization Library”
The size and complexity of the library has always made it difficult to teach and almost every lesson and book (mine included) focuses first on establishing the JQuery part of the library, which is all about DOM manipulation to create and manipulate elements on a web page.
d3  t 
5 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Revealed: How Britain's Biggest Local TV Company Has "Gamed" The BBC For Licence Fee Payers' Money
Licence rules set by the UK broadcast regulator Ofcom require the stations to produce at least an hour of news content per day, but That’s TV has got round this by running two almost identical news bulletins back to back, and filling the rest of the schedule with old films.

The company successfully applied to Ofcom 14 times in the last few years to relax the amount of local content its stations were required to show. In one instance this involved cutting the 35.5 hours of local programming a week to just 7.5.
localtv  investigation  buzzfeed  exploitation  system  t 
6 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Ex-Senate Aide Charged in Leak Case Where Times Reporter’s Records Were Seized - The New York Times
It is not clear whether investigators exhausted all of their avenues of information before confiscating Ms. Watkins’s information. She was not notified before they gained access to her information from the telecommunications companies. Among the records seized were those associated with her university email address from her undergraduate years.
law  security  t  privacy  sources 
6 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
“How The New York Times Uses Software To Recognize Members of Congress”
we understood that there are numerous, valid privacy concerns about using face recognition technology. And Interactive News, a programming team embedded in the newsroom, abides by all aspects of The Times’s ethical journalism handbook including how we gather information about the people we cover. In this case, we decided that the use of Rekognition’s celebrity endpoint meant we would only recognize congress people and other “celebrities” in Rekognition’s database.
t  facialrecognition  apis  politics 
6 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
You’re probably not quoting enough women. Let us help you. - Columbia Journalism Review
There have been other attempts to help journalists address this problem. Several databases that compile contact information for women and other marginalized experts have been put together by institutions such as the Women’s Media Center SheSource list, the Brookings Institution’s Women in Tech Source list, NPR’s Source of the Week, and this list of women and nonbinary people of color working in sports media. (And if you’re looking for diverse journalists and writers to talk to these sources, check out Writers of Color.)
diversity  gender  t  sources 
6 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Introducing the First Funded News Shows for Facebook Watch
The shows will be hosted by award-winning journalists, as well as new faces, and the formats will vary from a mix of daily briefings, weekly deep dives, and live breaking news coverage. They'll debut later this summer, and we'll announce additional shows in the coming weeks. We will work closely with our publisher partners to experiment with these different formats to understand what works, and they will have full editorial control of their shows.
fb  onlinevideo  t  s 
6 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
AP Stylebook update: Multiple emoji are emoji | Poynter
Treat the visual material as context or gestures when important to include, describing by paraphrasing: Chavis sparked a flurry of responses against the airline after tweeting a GIF of large crowds at the gate, with the message “#missinghoneymoon” and an emoji string of a worried smiley, a ring, an hourglass and an umbrella propped on a beach.
ap  styleguide  style  emoji  gifs  t 
7 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
The Times and The Sunday Times approach to data in the newsroom
With that in mind we are publishing a whitepaper about the data platform we have started work on and where we hope it will take us in the near future.

Called INCA (Intelligent Newsroom Contextual Analytics) the platform is designed to support the exposing of our data in the most appropriate ways given a journalist’s context.

There are such a wide variety of needs when it comes to data, from informing commissioning and working on product improvements, to reflecting on past decisions and we want to make sure we solve each one properly.

The first way we have chosen to do this is via a Chrome extension that displays data about an edition or an article directly next to it in the browser. This helps answer some of the most common questions quickly and most importantly in a way that makes editorial staff self-sufficient.
times  Analytics  t 
7 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
How to tackle the challenges of implementing mobile journalism in the newsroom | Media news
It is essential you establish, practise and perfect the right workflow for you if you're going to be effectively using mobile journalism out in the field and in the newsroom. Don't wait until you're in a breaking news situation, or you have a short deadline looming, to figure out how you're going to shoot, edit, upload and publish your material.

Will you be doing everything on your phone, or will you be editing on desktop software? Will your content be compatible for where you’ll be publishing it? Which are your go-to apps for adding subtitles, and will all your footage get saved in a storage app like Dropbox or will you be directly sending it straight to the newsroom?
mojo  Mobile  newsroom  workflow  t  s 
7 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
5 Tips on Finding Open-Source Secrets in Africa - and Worldwide - Global Investigative Journalism NetworkGlobal Investigative Journalism Network
in Cameroon, we obtained incorporation documents that showed that a mining minister’s wife had shares in the company that benefited from a very valuable permit allocated by her husband. The wife’s name was plainly written in the documents and all that we needed to do was bit of googling and make a phone call (asking to talk to her husband) to confirm they were indeed married.
We got the documents from Cameroon’s official company register quite easily. 
accounts  t  osint 
7 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Who’s creating the top Facebook videos? “Not people you’ve necessarily heard of” » Nieman Journalism Lab
seven of the ten most engaged Facebook video posts in 2018 so far [came] in at three minutes or longer, and the average across the ten [was] three minutes eleven seconds.” Motivational speaker Jay Shetty pops up multiple times in the most popular/most commented/most engaged list, and “the most frequently appearing names were the viral publishers such as NTD Funniest or UNILAD.” Meanwhile, “only a couple [videos] came from what you might call traditional mainstream publishers, with ABC News and Fox News both featuring once in the 100 most engaged Facebook videos.” The closest thing I saw to any news video in any of NewsWhip’s charts was a video from millennial-aimed business video site Cheddar on “how to never fold your clothes again,” featuring a gadget called the FoldiMate.
onlinevideo  fb  stats  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Impact of Social Sciences – Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires
rewards can be monetary, in the form of pay for performance, say, or reputational, in the form of college rankings, hospital ratings, surgical report cards, and so on. But the most dramatic negative effect of metric fixation is its propensity to incentivise gaming: that is, encouraging professionals to maximise the metrics in ways that are at odds with the larger purpose of the organisation. If the rate of major crimes in a district becomes the metric according to which police officers are promoted, then some officers will respond by simply not recording crimes or downgrading them from major offences to misdemeanours. Or take the case of surgeons. When the metrics of success and failure are made public – affecting their reputation and income – some surgeons will improve their metric scores by refusing to operate on patients with more complex problems, whose surgical outcomes are more likely to be negative. Who suffers? The patients who don’t get operated upon.
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8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
The Royal Family: What are the costs and benefits? - Full Fact
The Royal Family: What are the costs and benefits? - Full Fact
factcheck  royals  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Tesla says its factory is safer. But it left injuries off the books | Reveal
But Logan’s inhalation injury, as it was diagnosed, never made it onto the official injury logs that state and federal law requires companies to keep. Neither did reports from other factory workers of sprains, strains and repetitive stress injuries from piecing together Tesla’s sleek cars.

Instead, company officials labeled the injuries personal medical issues or minor incidents requiring only first aid, according to internal company records obtained by Reveal.
baddata  dj  tesla  safety  transport  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Revealed: More than 100 taxi drivers working in city with criminal records - Birmingham Live
Birmingham faced calls to tighten its licensing procedure following the revelations, revealed in The Times.
foieg  Birmingham  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Above Avalon: Above Avalon Subscriptions Turn Three
One thing that I didn't necessarily expect to happen was an online community to develop around Above Avalon. The Above Avalon subscriber forum in Slack continues to see an increasing amount of interaction and discussion. Subscribers currently reside in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. They include Silicon Valley executives and investors, the largest Apple shareholders, and the leading Apple journalists and writers in the business.
apple  subscriptions  bm  slack  email  podcasts  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Is Capital or Labor Winning at Your Favorite Company? Introducing the Marx Ratio - The New York Times
The Marx Ratio, as we’re calling it, captures the relationship between a company’s profits — the return to capital, on a per-employee basis — and how much its median employee is compensated, a rough proxy for the return to labor.

Companies with high Marx Ratios offer particularly strong rewards to their shareholders relative to workers. For example, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer had a Marx Ratio of 2.64, meaning the per-employee earnings captured by shareholders were about 2.6 times as high as the compensation a typical employee received. Numbers below 1 signal the reverse: a more favorable return to labor. The Marx Ratio of 0.498 for the health insurer Aetna means that it earned only half as much per worker for its shareholders as it paid its median employee.
pay  inequality  dj  nytimes  Marx  accounts  t  accountseg 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Delayed Impact of Fair Machine Learning – The Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Blog
Lending decisions not only affect the institution, but the individuals as well. A default event (a borrower’s failure to repay a loan) not only diminishes profit for the bank; it also worsens the credit score of the borrower. A successful lending outcome leads to profit for the bank and also to an increase in credit score for the borrower. In our running example, the ratio of the change in credit scores for a borrower is 1 (repaid) to -2 (defaulted).
ml  ai  algorithms  fairness  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
West Africa Leaks - ICIJ
West Africa Leaks - ICIJ
tax  ij  leak  ICIJ  Africa  t  s  leaks 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
The councils selling land worth millions to offshore companies – Who owns England?
Who’s buying it all? There has been little press coverage of this fire sale of land, and councils are cagey about reporting it. To find out more, I wrote code to compare a mid-2017 version of the Land Registry’s Corporate & Commercial Ownership data, which lists what UK corporate bodies own, with the latest Overseas Companies Ownership data, which lists what overseas companies own. If titles move from the first dataset to the second, that indicates they’ve been sold to an overseas company.

I found that since summer 2017, local authorities, government bodies and universities have sold public land worth more than £100 million to companies in Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, British Virgin Islands, Malta and Cayman Islands. This is despite David Cameron promising to end property sales to “anonymous shell companies” in May 2016.
land  councils  dj  offshore  tax  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Voter ID: 340 did not vote after failing to show documents - BBC News
Voter ID: 340 did not vote after failing to show documents - BBC News
elections  dj  bbcdu  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
London's moped crime hotspots revealed: Check your area - BBC News
From London Chirag Trivedi writes: “We had great collaboration with VisJo last week for the moped crime story. An FoI revealed data for all moped enabled crime for the past five years. VisJo created a great map and search tool and Alice Evans worked to create some editorial content, including a brilliant case study. It got about 400,000 PIs and was followed up by most national newspapers, ITV, several local papers and led our TV and radio bulletins.”
dj  mopeds  transport  crime  bbcvisj  t  foieg 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
This is what I learned after teaching on chatbots and journalism: 3 takeaways for newsrooms | dinfografia
This is what I learned after teaching on chatbots and journalism: 3 takeaways for newsrooms | dinfografia
chatbots  pedagogy  mariacrosas  t 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
How Shoddy Statistics Found A Home In Sports Research | FiveThirtyEight
How Shoddy Statistics Found A Home In Sports Research | FiveThirtyEight
statistics  t  interactive  538  sport 
9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
DNIe: Roboterjournalismus Tickets, Mo, 04.06.2018 um 09:30 Uhr | Eventbrite
DNIe: Roboterjournalismus Tickets, Mo, 04.06.2018 um 09:30 Uhr | Eventbrite
t  robotjournalism  event  germany 
9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Fellowships To Attend the 2018 Asian Investigative Journalism Conference - Uncovering Asia 2018Uncovering Asia 2018
Fellowships To Attend the 2018 Asian Investigative Journalism Conference - Uncovering Asia 2018Uncovering Asia 2018
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9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US - Motherboard
hacker has broken into the servers of Securus, a company that allows law enforcement to easily track nearly any phone across the country, and which a US Senator has exhorted federal authorities to investigate. The hacker has provided some of the stolen data to Motherboard, including usernames and poorly secured passwords for thousands of Securus’ law enforcement customers
security  t  mobile  hacking 
9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
The last 22 years of UK politics just became searchable online | WIRED UK
National Archives project to make this trove of historical content more accessible has shifted 22 years worth of government websites to the cloud, re-indexed and made searchable through its updated UK Government Web Archive.
archive  politics  t  govuk 
9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Unethical growth hacks: A look into the growing Youtube news bot epidemic
Someone has effectively created a fully automated process running 24/7 that is taking and stripping recent articles, converting them into video format, and posting it on Youtube as their own. And while doing so, they take credit for it and reap all the rewards — such as revenue and influence — that come with it.
YouTube  automation  t  s  bots  video  onlineVideo 
9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Metropolitan Police's facial recognition technology 98% inaccurate, figures show | The Independent
The Metropolitan Police’s system has produced 104 alerts of which only two were later confirmed to be positive matches, a freedom of information request showed. In its response the force said it did not consider the inaccurate matches “false positives” because alerts were checked a second time after they occurred.
surveillance  facialrecognition  police  foieg  t 
9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web • The Register
Canadian teen had faced the possibility of jail time for alleged unauthorized access to a computer when, earlier this year, he automatically downloaded some 7,000 documents from the province's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy website.
foi  canada  law  scraping  t 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets - CBS News
We didn't even have to wait for the first one to warm up. One of the copiers had documents still on the copier glass, from the Buffalo, N.Y., Police Sex Crimes Division.

It took Juntunen just 30 minutes to pull the hard drives out of the copiers. Then, using a forensic software program available for free on the Internet, he ran a scan - downloading tens of thousands of documents in less than 12 hours.

The results were stunning: from the sex crimes unit there were detailed domestic violence complaints and a list of wanted sex offenders. On a second machine from the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit we found a list of targets in a major drug raid.
privacy  security  photocopiers  t 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Toponymy - mapping place name patterns in Great Britain with QGIS — Steven Kay aka stevefaeembra
Toponymy - mapping place name patterns in Great Britain with QGIS — Steven Kay aka stevefaeembra
map  dj  names  UK  t 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
What we found in Facebook ads by Russians accused of election meddling
Among the findings:

Of the roughly 3,500 ads published this week, more than half — about 1,950 — made express references to race. Those accounted for 25 million ad impressions — a measure of how many times the spot was pulled from a server for transmission to a device.
At least 25% of the ads centered on issues involving crime and policing, often with a racial connotation. Separate ads, launched simultaneously, would stoke suspicion about how police treat black people in one ad, while another encouraged support for pro-police groups.
Divisive racial ad buys averaged about 44 per month from 2015 through the summer of 2016 before seeing a significant increase in the run-up to Election Day. Between September and November 2016, the number of race-related spots rose to 400. An additional 900 were posted after the November election through May 2017.
Only about 100 of the ads overtly mentioned support for Donald Trump or opposition to Hillary Clinton. A few dozen referenced questions about the U.S. election process and voting integrity, while a handful mentioned other candidates like Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz or Jeb Bush.
dj  fb  text  russia  Advertising  race  t 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
BBC and sloppy numbers | britain in numbers
There are many ways to adjust for inflation. The FTSE100 has risen over that time from 1600 to 7700, a rise of nearly five fold. Consumer prices have roughly trebled. A BBC article from 2011, marking the 25 year anniversary of the BG flotation said: “Anyone who kept their British Gas shares now owns stakes in Centrica, BG Group and National Grid. These splits make it difficult to calculate exactly how much a current stake relates to the original, but stockbroker Simply Stockbroking has estimated that 100 shares bought for £135 in 1986 would be worth £1,686 today.” This suggests an even larger increase.
BBC  statistics  t  inflation  today  radio 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t. - The New York Times
A group of students from University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University showed in 2016 that they could hide commands in white noise played over loudspeakers and through YouTube videos to get smart devices to turn on airplane mode or open a website.

This month, some of those Berkeley researchers published a research paper that went further, saying they could embed commands directly into recordings of music or spoken text. So while a human listener hears someone talking or an orchestra playing, Amazon’s Echo speaker might hear an instruction to add something to your shopping list.
hacking  Alexa  voice  security  t 
10 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
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