Algorithms of Inequality: A Talk With Cathy O’Neil

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The advantages of diversity in the tech industry have been carefully studied and reported on. Companies that hire women and minorities outperform their competitors and see higher financial returns. New studies, reported on by FastCompany, show that industry leaders are well-aware of the value of diversity. Yet, we aren’t seeing the rush for inclusion that we would expect. Advice for how to increase diversity focuses on things like improving the language of recruitment and creating a more friendly working environment. However, there is a key component of the modern hiring landscape that gets overlooked.

Take a moment to think about what makes a good employee. What qualities do they have? What type of impact do they have on their company?

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Meaningful Media Now

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Meaningful Media Now: September

As an organization interested in media impact, our “water cooler” chatter around the office often includes TV series and movies that moved us, music we’re addicted to, and media trends that affect us. Read on to see the meaningful media and cultural phenomenons HI staff has been talking about in September:

  1. Featuring: The Blackfish Effect
  2. Speechless
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. Green Day: Revolution Radio 

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Meaningful Media Now

As an organization interested in media impact, our “water cooler” chatter around the office often includes viral media , music we’re addicted to, and media trends that affect us. Read on to see the meaningful media and cultural phenomenons HI staff has been talking about in August:

  1. Featuring: Media Coverage of Women During the Olympics
  2. Frank Ocean: The Blonde Album
  3. Stranger Things
  4. Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem

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Social Issue Networks and Film Festivals: Media Makers Analysis

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In our final installment in this series on film festivals and social networks, we’ll look at what insights a media maker can learn from our analysis in order to further optimize their festival application strategy as they answer the big question:

What festivals could introduce my film to topic-relevant social issue influencers?

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Social Issue Networks and Film Festivals: Festival Analysis

Figure 1: Top 15 film festivals by number of social issue influencers in each of the 16 social issue networks. The blue color indicates a top-tier festival (as identified by POV), and green reflects a non-top-tier festival. X-axis normalized across all issues.

This is the third of four posts mapping online social networks; today we’ll be focusing on film festival organizations and their reach within these networks. (If you’re just joining us, you can read more about the series here and here.)  Specifically, we’ll be addressing the following questions, as posed by a hypothetical festival organizer:

Which festivals reach social issue influencers? Where does my film festival rank among film festivals’ social issue engagement as a whole? What social issue network(s) have I attracted attention from in the past and which should I target in the future?

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Social Issue Networks and Film Festivals: Issue Advocates

Figure 4: Breakdown of four Human Rights network sub-groups by the film festival accounts with the four highest network followers.

We’ll begin our multi-part analysis of social networks from the perspective of an issue advocate asking the following questions:

Who is talking about my issue online? Do these individuals cluster around specific topics? How do the various issue networks compare in size and structure? Which, if any, are connected to (or likely to be influenced by) film festivals?

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