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Projects

Most recently, I finished a project studying how SecureDrop is being used in newsrooms. My findings were published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, who also funded this research. You can read it on Gitbooks: “Guide to SecureDrop: An Emerging Platform for Secure Communication in Newsrooms.”

Earlier this year, Cheryl Phillips and I published a report for the Knight Foundation assessing the state of data journalism education in the US and offering some model curricula to help schools move forward. It’s titled “Teaching Data and Computational Journalism” and is available free as a PDF or on Gitbooks.

In 2014, Max Tucker, Cecilia Reyes and I received a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation to build a tool to help journalists report on algorithmic bias in targeted online advertising. We developed an app called SearchLight, which worked for a while before Google developed better ways of blocking automated searches. We are now in the process of rebuilding.

Just before embarking on the Magic Grant, Fergus Pitt invited me to write a short article on the history of sensor technology for his report on Sensors and Journalism, published by the Tow Center in 2014.

In 2012, I worked on the report Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present, written by C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell, and Clay Shirky.

Later that year, I helped launch PiracyLab, a research collective for computational cultural studies that’s coordinated by Prof. Dennis Tenen at Columbia.

As a proponent of digital self-reliance, I run many of my own web services from personal servers, like relaytower.net, polytonic.net, and this very site.