The Open Lab closed out our second year with a hand drawn zine. ✍️?✏️
It’s Important, ya know?
My thought process in building tools for civic spaces.
For the past eight months, I've studied the alt-right. Francis Tseng and I built a Chrome extension to highlight words that have special meaning in their online forums.
And what you could maybe, probably, most-likely do with them
One approach to popping algorithmic bubbles
Bored of your Spotify Discover playlist? Want something completely random?
Interactive geographic visualizations can help weave a narrative through disparate events, both personal and political. Here's how I built one.
How filter bubbles skew our views, how automation sways social dynamics, and other dystopian things BuzzFeed News learned while exploring data from the social web.
Two small chatbot experiments — one on Twitter and one in a real-life "Reverse Photo Booth" — explore shorter conversations focused around personal snapshots.
Google Street View is a treasure trove of images waiting for artistic reuse — from mapping the urban sky to hallucinating desert road trips.
As part of a larger body of research on online hate speech, and the alt-right, my collaborator Francis Tseng and I wanted to analyze the overlap between two subreddits: r/The_Donald and the (now-banned) r/altright.
My collaborator and I trained a neural net on images I've taken of my family for the past 13 years, since Hurricane Katrina. Can you teach an algorithm emotions and poetry? We explored.
What’s. In. The. BOX??? A hidden camera, of course.
Who gets to tell the stories in our communities? You can build a hidden camera accessory to help tell the real stories in your neighborhood.
IMSI catchers, or “Stingrays,” are increasingly being used to surveil private citizens in public. The Open Lab recently deployed a device for detecting these fake cell towers in use. You can build one, too.
Wikimedia and continuing my Open Lab research.
You're leaving a trail of digital footprints whether you like it or not. Might as well leave a trail that's harder to follow.
My research project for the Open Lab is to study the alt-right through digital ethnography, and that means going to where they are.
Open Studios in Brooklyn, and a few things we're reading.
Researching methods that literary theorists use to understand stories teaches strategies for locating and revealing stories in image collections.
A quick tutorial on using the Twitter search API to find mentions, timestamps, and anything else you need to recreate the moment that a story erupted on Twitter.
Do you have a story about someone who made you or your family feel welcome...or someone who made you feel like you don’t belong?
Thermal cameras can be used to improve building efficiency, rescue disaster victims, and even detect atmospheric gases. Thermografree can't detect gas yet, but it is inexpensive and open source.
Researching Online Harassment in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney
Before I could develop and test a new user interface, I needed to assemble some basic tools for importing images, extracting data, and organizing it all.
Building a phone hotline for exchanging messages between strangers, and a summary of my approach moving forward.
Wearable embedded cameras during one of the most interesting weekends in America
Without copying and pasting (pssst! You can get them from the API).
How you can scrape social data and analyze it