Een lijstje zoekresultaten is geen etalage

📅 March 23, 2019 • 🕐 10:00 • 🏷 Blog and Media and Writing • 👁 308

I wrote a response on recent coverage around the alleged ‘promotion’ of anti-vax books by, suggesting it is due to “influential, steering, algorithms.” In this piece I state it’s not an issue of algorithms, but of long-tail, obscure, content. My response was published in Het Parool, as an edited letter. Read the original, unedited piece (in Dutch) below.


Featured in De Volkskrant on SMART Journalism

📅 March 8, 2019 • 🕐 16:20 • 🏷 Media • 👁 3

De Volksrant wrote published an article on Dutch robo-journalism, where I’m featured on explaining our SMART Journalism recommender system + abstractive summarization plans.

Read the article by clicking on the image below:

And read more about our SMART Journalism project in our position paper:

  • [PDF] M. Sappelli, D. M. Chu, B. Cambel, D. Graus, and P. Bressers, “Smart journalism: personalizing, summarizing, and recommending financial economic news,” in The algorithmic personalization and news (apen18) workshop at icwsm ’18, 2018.
    title={SMART Journalism: Personalizing, Summarizing, and Recommending Financial Economic News},
    author={Sappelli, Maya and Chu, Dung Manh and Cambel, Bahadir and Graus, David and Bressers, Philippe},
    booktitle={The Algorithmic Personalization and News (APEN18) Workshop at ICWSM '18},

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

📅 November 27, 2018 • 🕐 10:22 • 🏷 Media • 👁 16

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

“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.”

Stream on BNR

Stream on Spotify

Interviewed in “IP – vakblad voor informatieprofessionals”

📅 October 24, 2018 • 🕐 17:17 • 🏷 Media • 👁 3

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

📅 • 🕐 17:13 • 🏷 Media • 👁 33

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.

Click the image for the full article

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; 

Click to read “Hoe het pgp-sleepnet wel (en niet) werkt (#2)”

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

📅 May 13, 2018 • 🕐 12:23 • 🏷 Media • 👁 3

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.’