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The Many Facets of Radicalization

Friday, January 29, 2016

Is it possible to create an algorithm to detect potential terrorists online? Probably not. 

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Twitter Turned Its Star Into a Heart. :’-(

Friday, November 13, 2015

Twitter replaced its icon for favorites, the star, with a heart. Emily Bell, director of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, explains why she really doesn’t heart... the heart.  

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Watching Each Other Watch

Friday, October 04, 2013

Last Sunday, AMC aired the final episode of Breaking Bad. You may not watch the show, but if you’ve been hanging around anywhere online, its presence is inescapable. Fans on Twitter tweeted 100,000 times a day about the show leading up to the finale. Brooke talks with Kevin Slavin, an Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at  MIT and co-founder of Everybody at Once, who says that fans’ social media interactions are crucial to the modern television experience. 

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A Conversation With the Man Who Tweets Revolutions

Friday, February 01, 2013

Throughout the months of the Arab Spring, the twitter feed of NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin was a one stop shop for keeping up with events in the region--even though Carvin was a world away in Washington D.C. Now Carvin has written a new book about his experience, Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution, and sat down with Brooke for a live event to discuss his reporting with social media.


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The Web Has Become The World's Mood Ring

Friday, November 11, 2011

Analysts at the CIA's Open Source Center spend their days combing through the world's tweets, blogs and facebook pages in an attempt to determine the mood of people across the globe.  They say this type of "sentiment analysis" helps them predict events like the Egyptian revolution.  Brooke speaks with Associated Press intelligence reporter Kimberly Dozier.

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"Whether you believe it or not, I believe it."

Friday, July 29, 2011

Two high speed trains collided on a bridge in China recently, causing six carriages to fall off the tracks and onto a farm below. Immediately, passengers began using a Twitter-esque site to describe what happened. The Chinese government has gone to lengths to try to cover up the severity of the accident.  Some even believe they tried to literally bury one of the carriages with dirt. founder Jeremy Goldkorn talks with Bob from Beijing.  Goldkorn says, so far, social media has beaten back government propaganda.