Featured in BNR’s “Artificial Intelligence Podcast” on AI in Media Part I: Tech

In the latest AI Podcast, I am featured, talking with Li’ao Wang on our SMART Radio and SMART Journalism projects. Click below to listed to the episode!

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“Media is smart, but needs to get smarter. That’s what we’re working on here at the FD Mediagroep. Come and see what we do with AI to make our creators and content better.”

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Interviewed in “IP – vakblad voor informatieprofessionals”

In the magazine IP (“journal for information professionals”) I am interviewed as one of three young professionals who show that ‘traditional categories and conceptual frames need to be readjusted.’

More specifically, it describes how my multi-disciplinary background, with an academic background in media studies, professional experience in the media, with a PhD in computer science, is important in bridging the gap between ‘techies’ and ‘non-techies’, and of particular value in my current role where I work on enabling AI in media. 

Digital forensics in the real world: the Ennetcom data

In the context of a high-profile legal case (involving a bunch of data acquired from encrypted “Ennetcom” phones) I assisted lawyer Inez Weski in acquiring insights and trying to understand how digital forensic tools were used in the collection of digital evidence. I did this work in the context of my PhD research on semantic search for E-Discovery. In this post, I list some of the publications that followed from my work and the case.

De Volkskrant: “Met deze eigen zoekmachine spit de politie schatten aan digitaal bewijs door”

Hansken is the search engine developed by the Netherlands Forensic Institute, and used by the police and public prosecutors. In this article in De Volkskrant, titled “Met deze eigen zoekmachine spit de politie schatten aan digitaal bewijs door,” I answered a few questions and explained my view on the role of Hansken in the court of law and digital evidence acquisition.

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NEMO Kennislink: “Het sleepnet van Justitie”

For more information on the case and my work, there’s a more in-depth piece on my work for Weski in the following NEMO Kennislink article, which details my findings and concerns with respect to using a proprietary, continuously developed, and largely black-box tool for collecting digital forensic evidence:

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Crimesite: “Hoe het pgp-sleepnet wel (en niet) werkt (#2)”

Finally, if you still didn’t have enough, there’s a blog post on crimesite which explains a bit more on the (legal) case, and some interpretations on my report and findings; 

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Featured in article on ‘robo-journalism’ in the Netherlands

Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek published an article on ‘robo-journalism’, where I say something about the SMART Journalism project we are doing at FDMG, which involves personalization and summarization of newspaper articles. Read it here! (pdf). Snippet:

Door introteksten te personaliseren, kun je meer doelgroepen bedienen.’ Bij het genereren van gepersonaliseerde intro’s op basis van artikelen, komt behoorlijk wat techniek kijken, vertelt David Grauslead data scientist van het project bij het FD. ‘In de robotjournalistiek wordt nu vooral gewerkt aan het omzetten van gestructureerde data naar teksten. Wat wij willen is teksten maken op basis van door mensen geschreven teksten. Dat is behoorlijk cutting edge. We hebben daarom ook nauwelijks voorbeelden waar we ons op kunnen baseren.’

In “Denktank” on algorithms, behavioral analysis, and personalization

My debut on national TV ;-)! Denktank is a TV show where youngsters explore and think about how (current day) technology will affect them in the future. In this episode I explain some of the mechanisms behind algorithmic personalization.

Stream the episode at NPO.nl (the part with me starts at about 05:00), or see the website of Human for more information on the episode.

Featured in FD on the value of (personal) data

In today’s edition of Het Financieele Dagblad, I am quoted in an article on the value of (personal) data titled “Wanneer je gegevens geld waard zijn”;

De kennis die met die cookies wordt verzameld, wordt vervolgens verkocht aan nog eens tientallen bedrijven die daarmee hun reclameboodschappen gericht kunnen afvuren. ‘Waar je ook komt op het web, je laat altijd digitale sporen na’, zegt David Graus, die twee weken geleden promoveerde op dit onderwerp aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. ‘Uit al die sporen voorspellen de bedrijven je gedrag en op basis daarvan plaatsen ze een advertentie.’ […]

De mogelijkheden met data gaan verder, stelt Graus. Stel dat op basis van gedrag van vrienden, familieleden, likes, posts en zoekopdrachten wordt geconcludeerd dat je rookt. Terwijl je dat zelf nooit hebt aangegeven. ‘Daarmee geef je privacy weg’, aldus Graus.

Read the full article here.

Debate at De Balie: ‘The power of algorithms, how algorithms shape our lives’

On Sunday, June 18th I will participate in a debate at De Balie on the power of algorithms, along with (a very nice lineup:) Wouter van Noort, Naomi Jacobs, Marjolein Lanzing, Rutger Rienks, and Hans de Zwart.

For more information (and tickets), see: De macht van data, De Balie.