RESEARCH


InfoScribe

PrintInfoScribe helps investigative journalists unlock the stories trapped in PDFs. Specifically, InfoScribe is a generalized, web-based crowd-sourcing document transcription platform that invites the public to participate in the journalistic process by transcribing specified data fields from documents. What does that mean in plain English? We are building a platform where journalists can upload image-based documents (such as PDFs) and a community transcribes those documents.

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Data Docs

betaLogoData Docs is a series of embeddable interactive video narratives, designed to render seamlessly on desktop and mobile devices. By extending the popular Popcorn.js library via our salt plugin, Data Docs offers a mechanism for integrating both static and interactive JavaScript elements – from text to data-driven charts and graphs – into the timeline of a web-based video. Additional plugins and source files support custom video controls, full-screen support, and device detection. All of these features rely on standards-compliant, open technologies, such as HTML, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery, and will be shared using common resources like GitHub. Project website. GitHub repo. Data Docs platform development is made possible with the generous support of the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund.

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Dispatch

AndroidIPhone2 Dispatch is a mobile application that provides secure, authenticated, anonymous communication and publishing. Supported by a grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, our research team developed a fully-functioning app that went through its first field test during the 2012 presidential election, allowing users to post photos and text to our test Tumblr account in real time. Project website.

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PROJECTS


Understanding Your Internet

TheInternetADataVisibilityOverview-lowOne of the major challenges in digital communications security is that every digital message we send interacts with many different systems behind the scenes, each of which can expose bits of information to others.

This detailed illustration provides an overview of how the Internet functions, including explanations of what “metadata” is typically stored by digital companies and available to (U.S.) authorities, as well as the mechanics of digital security technologies like Tor and encrypted email.

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Hiding In Plain Sight

HidingInPlainSight While it is natural to think of digital information security as primarily an issue of passwords and encryption, a simple first step towards protecting digital data is to make it less detectable. Drawing on the idea of defensive clothing and expanding the concept to include personal data, “Hiding in Plain Sight” incorporates USB keys into convincingly wearable accessories, in an attempt to bring both imagination and whimsy to the often ominous and defeating field of information security. This piece is designed especially to encourage those who don’t consider themselves technically savvy to consider how their individual skills and perspectives can be applied to generate novel forms of digital information protection. “Hiding in Plain Sight” was exhibited as part of the PRISM Breakup exhibit at Eyebeam Gallery in New York, October 4-12, 2013.

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