How Facebook is changing humanitarian relief

Last month, a bombing in Somalia killed over 300 people. The attack took place in a busy intersection, targeting civilians across all walks of life. Chaos ensued as family members and friends began the daunting task of tracking down their loved ones. Amid the confusion, social media stepped in to bring answers and assist in… Continue reading How Facebook is changing humanitarian relief

Surveying media use in the Middle East

Since the uprisings of the Arab Spring and the resulting spike of social media as a communication tool, media consumption in the Middle East has gone through rapid and unpredictable changes. To keep up with these changes and systematically assess their evolution, Northwestern University in Qatar began an annual survey in 2013 titled Media Use… Continue reading Surveying media use in the Middle East

The danger of censorship

On this blog we’ve discussed how online social media platforms spread extremist propaganda. We’ve also discussed how groups fighting the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are using these same platforms in hopes of reporting realities on the ground while skirting government controlled media in the region. Now these competing factions have hit a… Continue reading The danger of censorship

How Tech Companies are Combating Extremism Online

Recently, Facebook announced its plan to crack down on online in extremism. In partnership with the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK, the plan involves innovative technology to combat hate speech as well as taking on 3,000 more hirees specifically employed to review and act on reports of extremism. Other tech companies like Google… Continue reading How Tech Companies are Combating Extremism Online

Augmented Reality might save our planet

Earlier this week, we talked about photographing climate change, which is a difficult topic to visualize in our everyday lives. I’ve decide to continue in this vein, this time taking a look at augmented reality, or AR, and how it’s being used to help educate people on climate change. This technology is making massive leaps… Continue reading Augmented Reality might save our planet