Gabe: Jane Solomon used Python to analyze gun emoji pairings for all you linguist nerds. 🔫
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The Personal Democracy Forum was last week and the speaker who excited me most was Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s digital minister, on stories from the future of democracy. She told us how civic hackers and journalists are using open data to educate about public policy and are building tools for inclusive participation to create the country’s laws†. The speaker before her, Colin Megill, talked about how they’re using machine learning to scale the process.
Normally I’m skeptical of folks touting tech as a solution to social complexity, but Taiwan’s civic hackers, journalists, scholars, and policymakers are coming together to create spaces for direct public participation in policymaking. Coming out of authoritarianism 30 years ago, their journos are sussing out what it means to be a free press in the time of the Internet—without our institutional baggage. So as I watch Taiwan, I wonder what it would mean to evolve our work from broadcasting truth to partnering with communities to discover truth and become bridges to speak to power.
† Is Taiwan a country? It’s complicated.
Tickets are now on sale for WordCamp for Publishers!
Investigative Reporters and Editors' annual conference is in Phoenix next week, and Julia will be there. Say hi!
Last week, we linked to a security article on Source. This week, we get to link to the entire Security Week on Source. It’s got a guide to practical paranoia, an interview with the Director of Newsroom Security at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and a training guide for digital security in newsrooms. Give ‘em a read!
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The Coral Project is hiring a Lead Engineer.
National Geographic is hiring a Director of Cartography.
WBEZ is looking for an Interactive Producer.
The Federal Elections Commission seeks an IT Specialist.
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LISTEN: Beethoven’s Sonata No.29 in B-flat Major, "Hammerklavier" 🎶
READ: Oil's Pipeline to America's Schools: Inside the fossil-fuel industry’s not-so-subtle push into K-12 education from The Center for Public Integrity.
WATCH: A Ghibli double feature.
DRINK: Plenty of water.
From 2014, a truck barrier test.
No robots were harmed.