Ethical AI was one of several topics explored during the gathering in Qatar, Continue reading "How digital leaders from the BBC and Al Jazeera are planning for the ethics of AI"
Can a #drone drop a robot into a war zone to report? Doesn’t take a meal break- but can’t empathise with a story! Relationship between man and machine- our future co workers #FMLSummit @AlJazeera pic.twitter.com/Bs2NLWcoNp— Morwen Williams (@morwenw) March 5, 2018
DOHA, Qatar — If robot reporters are going to deploy from drones in war zones in the future, at what point do we have the conversation about the journalism ethics of all this? The robots may still be a few years away, but the conversation is happening now (at least about today’s AI technology in newsrooms). At Al Jazeera’s Future of Media Leaders’ Summit earlier this month, a group of experts in areas from media to machine learning discussed how their organizations frame the ethics behind (and in front of!) artificial intelligence.
Steve Rosenberg, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, has guts. The veteran journalist confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin at point blank range on Monday — after the U.K. government said it was “highly likely” the Kremlin was behind the nerve agent attack on a former Russia spy. “The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act” against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were left in critical condition after last week’s poisoning. And as Putin strolled through Russia’s National Grain Centre, Rosenberg put it directly to the Russian president: “Is Russia behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal?” “Look, we’re busy here with agriculture,” Putin replied. “As you can see, the aim is Continue reading "Watch a BBC Reporter Confront Putin: ‘Is Russia Behind The Poisoning of Sergei Skripal?’"
At Russia’s National Grain Centre, I ask Vladimir Putin: “Is Russia behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal?” pic.twitter.com/5ve7U82Hwa— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) March 13, 2018
Even if they haven’t changed the world in the way some hyped, chatbots have become a compelling way for news organizations to experiment with telling familiar stories in a new format. Some big challenges stand in the way of widespread adoption, though. One is acclimating users to the format; another is winning over reporters. The BBC News Labs and the BBC Visual Journalism team are trying to solve both issues with a single solution: a custom bot-builder application designed to make it as easy as possible for reporters to build chatbots and insert them into their stories. In a few minutes, a BBC reporter can input the text of an article, define the questions users can click, and publish the bot, which can then be reused and added to any other relevant article. BBC reporters can even repurpose existing Q&A explainers into bot-based conversations. So, on this story about a
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The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world. Technical attacks ranging from 1:1 hacking incidents to full-on DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks have become an increasingly common tactic for silencing critical voices on the internet. Two examples of this threat have emerged in recent weeks in Azerbaijan and the Philippines. Independent news site MeydanTV was one of those targeted in a wave of attacks on the websites, Facebook pages and email accounts of Azerbaijani dissidents and their supporters. Meydan TV, which has provided routine coverage of politics and social movements (despite clear and present risks), had its Facebook account hacked, resulting in the loss of years’ worth of posts and 100,000 followers. The attacks appear to be part of a broad campaign to quell online dissent in Azerbaijan in the lead-up to presidential elections this
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The editor of BBC’s China division recently left her role after claiming the British network “is not living up to its stated values of trust, honesty and accountability” in regards to gender pay discrimination. The now-former China Editor Carrie Gracie explained her reasoning behind leaving the editing position in an open letter posted on her website, explaining that her departure was not due to a personal pay check but had to do with the women who aren’t being fairly compensated at the state sponsored company. Gracie posted the following statement last week:
“For BBC women this is not just a matter of one year’s salary or two. Taking into account disadvantageous contracts and pension entitlements, it is a gulf that will last a lifetime. Many of the women affected are not highly paid ‘stars’ but hard-working producers on modest salaries. Often women from ethnic minorities suffer wider pay gaps than Continue reading "BBC Editor Leaves Role Due to ‘Shocking Scale of Inequality’ in Network’s Gender Pay Gap"
When he’s evaluating the BBC’s ongoing expansion efforts into Asia and Africa, BBC digital development editor Dmitry Shishkin finds himself returning to one question: “Is our content good enough for someone to skip lunch for?” The line emerged after a conversation he had with a BBC staffer in Nairobi, Kenya, who told him that people there regularly skip meals in an effort to save money to spend on Internet data. For Shishkin, the concern gets at the heart of one of the central questions for the BBC World Service as it ramps up expansion into Africa and southern Asia: How can the BBC create content for these markets while being conscious of the on-the-ground realities of people’s lives there, particularly those that relate to money, Internet access, language, and cultural differences? To ensure that the BBC gets things right in India, where its first sites went live in October, Continue reading "In India, the BBC wants to partner with local companies to develop new ways to personalize content"