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Irwin Chen on Kleptocrat and Using Games to Explain Corruption

Journalism + Design’s Irwin Chen will speak on a panel on November 27 about the new iPhone game Kleptocrat, which puts the player in the shoes of a corrupt public official, moving money to evade arrest. The panel will be moderated by New Yorker staff writer Mark Singer and include Chen’s co-creators: Jim Mintz, CEO of ++++++++>

Teaching Tech about Race, The Invasion of Sutherland Springs: J+D Digest

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically we round up stories that the Journalism + Design team are looking at, listening to, and interacting with. Studies suggest teaching our tech about demographics can help it perform better across the board, but a dangerous question remains: should we teach ++++++++>

Ad-Supported Dystopia, Juvenile Justice, Journalism’s Class Problem: J+D Digest

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically we round up stories that the Journalism + Design team are looking at, listening to, and interacting with. Sure, algorithms keep our digital lives organized and specific, but at what cost? Zeynep Tufekci argues that we’re building a virtual dystopia to ++++++++>

The Entrepreneur’s Drunken Walk Is Paved With Good Intentions

Google and Facebook are the two biggest media institutions in America today. Neither likes to be called a media company, but together they command the lion’s share of online advertising and dominate the distribution of information. Neither Google (search engine, garage, 1998) nor Facebook (social network, dorm room, 2004) set out to become a media ++++++++>

Murdoch v. Platforms, Sick Systems, Inmates w/o A/C: J+D links

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically we round up stories that Journalism + Design faculty are looking at, listening to, and interacting with. Heather Chaplin: A Prototype for Stemming the Flood of Misinformation during Breaking News Events (Misinfocon) Allison Lichter: Explore how Rupert Murdoch has become an ++++++++>

Snopes, Group Chats, an End to First Click Free: J+D Links

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically we round up stories that Journalism + Design faculty are looking at, listening to, and interacting with. Here’s what caught our attention this week: Irwin Chen: Anyone looking for a timely example of telling a story purely through visual imagery need ++++++++>

Tech in the Crosshairs, Illustrating Rape, Bodegas and Diapers: A J+D Link Roundup

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically, we’ll be rounding up a few stories that Journalism + Design faculty are looking at, listening to… Here’s what’s caught our attention this week: Heather Chaplin: Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds. This is part of ++++++++>

Pay Attention to the Weak Links

Over the past several days, I’ve kept seeing this explanation of a scholarly paper on the epidemiology of disinformation. (Thanks to Laura Hazard Owen at Nieman Lab for first putting the story on my radar, and to my New School colleague David Carroll for flagging it again.) Three scholars, who Bloomberg View contributor Mark Buchanan ++++++++>

Journalism as Problem-Solving

via GIPHY In response to a divisive memo by former Google engineer James Damore, another former Google engineer named Yonatan Zunger wrote that Damore fundamentally misunderstood the role of an engineer: Engineering is not the art of building devices; it’s the art of fixing problems. I do not quote Zunger because he made a groundbreaking ++++++++>