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DW = Germany's international broadcaster.
DW Innovation = DW ReCo + DW Lab.

We explore emerging technologies and their impact on journalism, media, and audiences.

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dw_innovation, to Women
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At the beginning of 2024, TechCrunch started publishing a series of with notable in – to give them their "well-deserved — and overdue — time in the spotlight."

So far, 20+ interviews have been published, and this overview page is certainly worth a bookmark:

https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/29/the-women-in-ai-making-a-difference

dw_innovation, to random
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Re: social innovation / feminism.

Women in tech are still victims of toxic "bro culture", microaggressions, and mistreatment. Melinda French Gates is aiming to change that – and Julia Bort at TechCrunch is rooting for her:

https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/19/melinda-french-gates-fixing-tech-bro-culture-brilliant-jerk/

dw_innovation, to india
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"[N ]ewsrooms across have been trying to build out a process for detection. (...) [T]his often requires building relationships with academic researchers, -focused nonprofits, and developers behind commercial AI detection tools (...). A coalition of Indian organizations (...) launched a WhatsApp hotline in March (...) to try and centralize this work of authenticating political media across the country."

https://www.niemanlab.org/2024/05/indian-journalists-are-the-frontline-against-election-deepfakes/

(via @niemanlab)

dw_innovation, to random
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Kristen Hare has compiled pieces of advice for old(er) journalists (by younger ones) for The Poynter:

https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2024/advice-for-older-journalists/

dw_innovation, to random
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Re: The dark side of social media, AI, and big tech.

"A typical workday for African tech contractors (...) involves 'watching murder and beheadings, child abuse and rape, pornography and bestiality, often for more than 8 hours a day.' Pay is often less than $2 per hour (...) and workers frequently end up with post-traumatic stress disorder, a well-documented issue among content moderators around the world."

https://www.wired.com/story/low-paid-humans-ai-biden-modern-day-slavery/

dw_innovation, to llm
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As #publishers negotiate #licenses with companies that have built #LLM, they are starting to think about how to assign a dollar #value to their #news.

There are three parts to this problem:

  1. Understanding what can be licensed
  2. Setting a price
  3. Getting the companies to agree to pay

Interesting article by Anya Schiffrin for Poynter: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2024/google-search-ai-effect-news-publishers-deals/

dw_innovation, to random
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"Generative artificial intelligence () adds a new dimension to the problem of . Freely available and largely unregulated tools make it possible for anyone to generate (...) fake content in vast quantities. (...) But there is also a positive side. Used smartly, GAI can provide a greater number of content consumers with trustworthy information"

– writes our colleague Julius Endert in this DWA post (which is part of a learning guide on tackling disinfo): https://akademie.dw.com/en/generative-ai-is-the-ultimate-disinformation-amplifier/a-68593890

dw_innovation, to Europe
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European nations grapple with a wave of public spending needs (energy transition, industry reinvestment, social programs etc.) in a sluggish economy. To get by, they face a stark choice: cut spending (as many are) – or increase #tax revenue by targeting the wealthy, who currently pay relatively little.

This EDJNET investigation explores the #wealth disparity across #Europe and the potential benefits of systematically taxing the super-rich.

https://www.europeandatajournalism.eu/big-wealth-small-taxes/

#DDJ

dw_innovation, to ai
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Here's an tool that arrives just in time: The PRISA media group has created an audio and detection service for voices in Spanish.

Their goal: Support (e.g. when covering election campaigns) and foster trust in the face of .

Remarkable: The creators also address the problem of powerful people claiming their voices have been cloned after saying something embarrassing.

Details in this post (Reuters Institute):

https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/news/how-spanish-media-group-created-ai-tool-detect-audio-deepfakes-help-journalists-big-election

dw_innovation, to vr
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"In 1838 Charles Wheatstone published a paper describing a curious illusion he’d discovered. If you drew two pictures of something – say, a cube, or a tree – from two slightly different perspectives, and then viewed each one through a different eye, your brain would assemble them into a three-dimensional view. Wheatstone created a table-size device to demonstrate the effect: the world’s first stereoscope."

Nice post on the history of #immersion & #VR (from 2017):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sterographs-original-virtual-reality-180964771/

dw_innovation, to ai
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Zach Seward, new editorial director of #AI initiatives at the New York Times, recently published his SXSW '24 talk in his private blog. It's about what AI can (and cannot) do for #journalism, and it's worth your time:

https://www.zachseward.com/ai-news-thats-fit-to-print-sxsw-2024/

dw_innovation, to random
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Hi there.

Just a quick announcement that we're about to take a little social media break.

It's holiday season in Germany, we're a small team, and we don't want to bore you with random, automated stuff – so we'll hit the pause button.

Back on April 8th. Promise.

Thanks & see you later. 👋

dw_innovation, to Bulgaria
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dw_innovation, to worldwithoutus
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Techies all over the world discuss AI, XR, and high speed mobile web 24/7, but relatively few people are aware of critical old that's falling apart.

Did you know that in , a total of 13 (!) countries are currently facing an , caused by undersea cable damage?

https://www.dw.com/en/explainer-undersea-cable-damage-leads-to-internet-blackouts-in-africa/video-68625275

dw_innovation, to random
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Many thanks for all the feedback on the Mastodon / Fediverse / EBU post. That one's really going through the roof! 🚀

Also: Welcome new followers. 👋

We'll be back shortly with more news/updates re: technology for journalism. 👩‍💻

In the meantime, maybe check out our blog again?

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https://innovation.dw.com/en/articles

dw_innovation, (edited ) to mastodon
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We started this account less than 6 months ago. It's going pretty well – thanks to you: 4.2k followers, lots of interactions, questions, and comments. 🎉

A couple of weeks ago, the European Broadcasting Union () asked us to write a guest article about our experience with / the , explain the basics, and point out the advantages. :mastodon:

Challenge accepted. 👍

So here's the finished post by @lxplm, hot off the press. ⌨️

🔽
https://www.ebu.ch/news/2024/03/public-broadcasters-of-europe-lets-all-join-mastadon

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@torspedia @lxplm

Good news: They already exist. :)

Two prominent examples:
https://journa.host/directory
https://newsie.social/directory

dw_innovation, to videos
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Watch: Silja Thoms (DW ) explains how to spot generated with and similar tools: https://www.dw.com/en/fact-check-how-to-spot-ai-videos-by-sora/video-68467563

dw_innovation, to ai
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Scientist/blogger Erik Hoel is deeply worried about the "enshittification" of the internet via generated #AI #content. He argues that at the end of the day, it's not just about bad actors and spammers, but about massive mainstream #pollution, a "tragedy of the #commons" that even small children will be exposed to every day. The only answer to the problem, according to Roel: Some sort of "Clean Internet Act".

https://www.theintrinsicperspective.com/p/here-lies-the-internet-murdered-by

dw_innovation, to random
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On the occasion of #InternationalWomensDay, DW Data has published a new piece that asks a couple of very interesting questions:

What would Germany look like if only women voted? Which parties would be in power and which decisions might have gone differently?

https://www.dw.com/en/what-if-only-women-voted-in-germany/a-68277145

#ddj

dw_innovation, to twitter
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While AI-generated trash content in combination with bot chit-chat poses a challenge to all kinds of platforms and search engines, one major social media network has already been hit particularly hard: Twitter/X.

(via ABC News)

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2024-02-28/twitter-x-fighting-bot-problem-as-ai-spam-floods-the-internet/103498070

#twitter #x #ai #bots #spam

dw_innovation, to ai
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The Open Society Foundations are launching a project that wants to "kick-start a global public conversation (...) on the long-term, structural implications of AI on the information ecosystem."

Applicants are to submit their specific scenarios – which may later be fleshed out in a workshop in Italy.

It's easy to apply and eligibility criteria are broad. However, the deadline is approaching fast (23/02/24). 🕛

More info: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/focus/open-society-ai-in-journalism-futures

#AI #media #news #journalism #future #workshop

dw_innovation, to ai
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(1/2) By now you've probably heard about and the latest wave of -driven text-to- tools. It's all quite spectacular, but far from perfect. If you take a closer look, it's still possible to detect synthetic content. Essential pro tips: Play everything in slow motion. Consider real world physics – and logic.

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(2/2) The following two articles may help you get a better understanding of Open AI's new models and their output:

Sora’s Surreal Physics (by Gary Marcus):
https://garymarcus.substack.com/p/soras-surreal-physics

Seeing Isn't Always Believing: Video Edition (by Conspirador Norteno)
https://conspirator0.substack.com/p/seeing-isnt-always-believing-video

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@trobador

That's an interesting thought. In the field of verification / disinfo countering, there's also the (well documented) phenomenon that people don't really care about the fact that something has been thoroughly analyzed and debunked.

"Well, maybe it's fake, but it could be true."

"It's a good story!"

"Yeah, well, maybe this is not her, but I still think she's a terrible person."

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