Fascinating read; I’m so pleased I also got to hear him speak on stage. “The biggest challenge facing newsrooms is changing the course of the Titanic. It’s turning the ship towards digital and mobile and away from print.”
If you let a fox in the henhouse, you can’t complain when someone loses their head “The Guardian’s reporting is based on a three-day visit to the company’s Los Angeles headquarters last month, part of a trip to explore the possibility of an expanded journalistic relationship with Whisper. Two Guardian reporters were given access to Whisper’s back-end tools and spoke extensively with the company’s executives.
At no stage during the visit were the journalists (the authors of this article) told they could not report on the information shared with them.
As the reporters’ records confirm, Whisper executives spoke openly and extensively about their methods for researching the location of individual users they deemed potentially newsworthy. They said they used their in-house mapping tool to try to work out if users were who they claimed to be, and to fish for whispers being posted from potentially interesting places (like military bases or government buildings).”