The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.
Throughout 2012, innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate in three challenge rounds, each with focused topics on emerging trends.
Round 1 - on networks - is closed, and the winners will be announced June 18.
Round 2 - on data - will be open May 31 - June 21. We’re looking for new ways of collecting, understanding, visualizing and helping the public use the large amounts of information generated each day. Winners will be announced in late September.
Details on Round 3 will available later this year.
Anyone, anywhere can apply for the challenge - whether for-profit start-ups or non-profit ventures. For more information on a variety of topics - from guidelines for for-profits, on intellectual property licensing, open source software and more - visit our FAQ.
Bias map - a community driven, social data-gathering tool, which maps expression and acts of prejudice and bias against minorities.
Currently, there seems to be no resource that utilizes community input to map prejudice, hate speech and hate crimes in real-time. Biasmap specifically addresses the gap in this area.
BiasMap uses Ushahidi platform to file reports using twitter, facebook, sms and email. Existing smartphone apps and community stewards will reach out to digital immigrants and people without computer access. Collected data is shared on facebook, twitter and google+. Raw data is made publicly available to researchers, journalists and to activists.
Community ownership: Biasmap is a collaboration between many stakeholders and the public. Partnerships with organizations will produce a single set of massive data Epidemiology: Drawing on techniques used by epidemiologists, biasmap offers a unique visualization of the crisis of hate and prejudice and allows for strategic responses and interventions biasmap will be the largest and most complete collection of data of this sort. The data will include official reports, verified accounts as well as unverified citizen reports. In this way bias map seeks to capture the 40% to 60% of incidents, which go unreported.
Ian Pollock: Creator of Biasmap, New Media Artist/Educator, has been teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in new media arts and development the US and the Middle East. His interests include digital media fine art, citizen journalism, activism, social learning strategies, connectivist learning, social capacity building, web design/development, ux/uix, video and audio production, government 2.0, education 2.0, and curriculum development. Ian Pollock teaches at the University of SF and the CSU East Bay.
Javed Ali: Founder/Publisher, ILLUME. One of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims. Awards: NPF, RTDNA, SAJA. Soliya Network Fellow - Conflict Resolution via storytelling. CAP Member, KQED.
January 1: Biasmap launched. Twitter messages hash tagged #biasmap automatically collected and converted into reports. Approximately 220 islamophobia reports waiting to be verified and released.
March 15: Negotiations with community partners to get. Android mobile apps ready to be deployed to allow for input via sms and mobile Internet.
End of 2012: bias map will hold information published in reports as far back as 2000 concerning hate crimes against minority communities as well as legislations enacted which target the minority communities in the US. Identify an recruite community participants/facilitators from 3 or more faith communities and the LGBT community.
The project will be hosted by one of more organizations and derive funding for hosting from page views. Fundraisers, donations and grants in each represented community will be aggregated to cover the costs associated with data verification, training and outreach.