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[Tools] Online Verification Tools – Notes from Google @ GEN 2018

At this year’s GEN (Global Editors Network) summit, Google News Initiative shared their notes regarding data journalism resources, particularly for investigative research and verification by online forensics. Here are some excerpts and we get a copy from Google News Lab, which you may find the complete notes attached at the end.

Research Tools

  • Google Public Data Explorer provides public data and forecasts from a range of international organizations and academic institutions. Visualized data are ready to interpret.
  • Google Trends compares search terms in a country and timeframe of your choice.

Verification Tools

Find more on data journalism training and multimedia toolsets below:

Q2 2018_ Workshop Notes 2018

立法會小百科 Q&A

立法會議員是如何產生的?

第六屆立法會(2016-2020)由70名議員組成,其中35名經地方選區直接選舉產生,其餘35名由功能界別選舉產生。

由地方選區選出的議員

三十五名議員由5個以地方分界劃定的選區(即地方選區)選舉產生。五個地方選區分別為香港島、九龍西、九龍東、新界西及新界東。每個地方選區根據區內人口數目設有5至9個議席。

由功能界別選出的議員

三十五名議員由29個功能界別選舉產生,每個界別分別代表香港一個重要的經濟、社會或專業界別。除了勞工界及區議會(第二)功能界別獲分別分配3個及5個議席外,其餘27個功能界別各獲分配一個議席。

立法會的主席是如何產生的,擔當什麼角色?

立法會主席由立法會議員互選產生,在立法會擔當主持會議、行政及禮儀的角色,並確保立法會會議能順利進行。

立法會的功能是什麼?

立法會在會期內通常逢星期三上午11時在立法會綜合大樓會議廳舉行會議,履行其監察政府工作及制定法律此兩項職能。在立法會會議上所處理的主要事項包括:質詢、聲明、法案、具立法效力的議案及不具立法效力的議案。

法案和議案有什麼區別?

“法案”是新法例的建議或對現有法例的修訂建議。政府及議員可提交法案,以提出制定新法例或修訂現行法例的建議,供立法會審議。法案須在立法會完成三讀程序,才可成為 法律。法案提交立法會後,議員會辯論及表決法案。

立法會事務大多透過“議案”方式處理。議案分為兩類:具立法效力的議案及不具立法效力的議案。

具立法效力的議案

官員及議員可動議具立法效力的議案,供立法會審議。例如:官員可動議制定或修訂附屬法例的議案,以徵求立法會的批准。

不具立法效力的議案

議員可於立法會會議動議辯論不具立法效力的議案,在議案辯論中,議員有機會表達對公共利益事宜的意見,或籲請政府採取某些行動。官員可出席辯論,回應議員的意見。

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Data News of the Week: Hong Kong Legislative By-Election 2018

The hope for pro-democracy camp to regain its veto power in the legislature vanished as Edward Yiu Chung Yim failed to beat his rival Vincent Cheng Wing-shun in last week’s by-election.

Legislative By-election 2018 was held on 11 March for four vacant seats in the council, following after the oath-taking saga which disqualified six councilors. New legislators were elected from three regions – New Territories East, Kowloon West, and Hong Kong Island, as well as Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape functional constituency.

Election is all about numbers – voter turnout rate, numbers of votes, and percentage of voters supporting candidate A or B, making it a golden opportunity for data visualization. In this article, we select three local news media, which are Initium, SCMP, and HK01, to discuss their different coverages on the by-election.

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Data News of the Week: Sexual Assault Around The World

If you are a woman who is walking down the street alone in the late night, and accidentally you meet a group of guys hanging out with nowhere to go, what would happen when you pass them?

It may be the words “hey, beauty” or “hey, sexy girl,” or being instructed to smile. Or maybe more intentional: standing in the way or blocking the path in hope of some interaction. Or perhaps may get more aggressive, with hands reaching to inappropriate places. Actually, this kind of situation is far and wide, with one end harboring the potential for things to become more violent with physical abuse or rape. In Canada, the United States and The United Kingdom, women being sexually assaulted has become a serious problem. However, there is still a loophole after asking the police for help – Will the police believe you?

A 20-month investigation by The Globe and Mail reveals that sexual-assault victims are more likely to be believed in some areas of the country than in others. Continue reading “Data News of the Week: Sexual Assault Around The World”

Some Scraping Targets and Ideas

This is a casual post to dump some target sites for scraping or just project ideas. Those messages were first sent through COMM7780/JOUR7280 WeChat group. Although we have only explored part of those possibilities this semester, the list is good for future reference. We can bounce off ideas in the comment below and enrich this list.

Top Targets: Movie, Shopping and News

Let’s first have a look at what the students care about from HW2 submission:

Scraping Targets from HW2 submission – COMM7780/JOUR7280

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Data News of the Week: A World Defended and Invaded by Data – a Technical News Story Covering NSA Files Leak

Do you consider your personal information well protected? You use different passwords for different accounts, keep your social network activity private, even fake your profile on social media. Your efforts are probably in vain.

Everything you have done is under surveillance and your life pattern can even be figured out by people who are thousands of millions away from you. The government knows that you called Daisy three times in twenty-four hours, with one after midnight. You use Google Map in Central, Hong Kong at 2pm and your route is also recorded. You may wonder: I am just nobody. Why will somebody spare effort to analyze my data? In fact, you are somebody. Three degrees of separation points out that if you have 190 friends on Facebook, then after “three hops”, the network you can reach is even bigger than the population of Colorado.

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Data News of the Week | Gender Pay Gap: Why and How?

Professor Jordan Peterson has been the center of attention in last few weeks for participating in a number of debates regarding gender wage gap. Unlike the feminists calling for the reduction of discrimination over salary, he believes gender wage gap is an explainable consequence of multiple social factors rather than a problem caused by discrimination. Is he right? After all, why is there gender wage gap? Looking into 3 reports (Why is There a Gender Wage Gap – Our World in Data, Six Key Facts About the Gender Pay Gap – Our World in Data, Gender Pay Gap: the Day Women Start Working For Free – Washington Post) and a  published recently with analytics over statistics regarding gender wage gap will give us a thorough understanding of current gender wage gap. Continue reading “Data News of the Week | Gender Pay Gap: Why and How?”

Data News of the Week | What can we, the 20-year-old, do to change the world?

Nathan Ruser, a 20-year-old Australian National University student who is majoring in international security with a keen interest in cartography, discovered a fitness app had revealed the locations of secret military sites in Syria and elsewhere. He posted on Twitter about this, did not expect much response.

But the news ricocheted across the internet. Security experts said the Strave app’s “heat map” could be used by hostile entities glean valuable intelligence. The Pentagon said it was reviewing the situation.

How he found the news?

 “Whoever thought that operational security could be wrecked by a Fitbit?” Mr. Ruser, said in an interview with New York Times from Thailand, where he is spending part of the Australian summer break.

When he looked over Syria on Strava’s map — which is based on location data from millions of users, including military personnel, who share their exercise activity — the area “lit up with those U.S. bases,” he said.

Before publicly sharing his findings over the weekend, he discussed them in a private chat group on Twitter, made up of people interested in intelligence and security issues. “I know about two-thirds of what I know about the world from the group chats,” he said.

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農曆新年學習資料大禮包!Data Journalism Learning Tools

農曆新年伊始,小編在此給各位愛學習的小夥伴推薦一些學習Data Journalism有用的線上課程,資料和工具。希望新的一年,大家學業進步!順順利利!(原文部分轉載自 initiumlab.com, 有部分編輯, 點擊查看更多: 學習資料清單)

  • 系列課程:從查找資料開始、學習解讀資料的意義、資料視覺化到用資料說故事。

1.Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools(課程在LEARNO.NET平台開放,一共5節,直接註冊,免費學習)

http://learno.net/courses/doing-journalism-with-data-first-steps-skills-and-tools

2.Data Exploration and Storytelling(數據大師Alberto Cairo & Heather Krause開設)

https://publicmediaalliance.org/free-online-course-data-exploration-storytelling/

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Data News of the Week | U.S. Gun Control Debate and the Media

There were more than four months after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, which is the deadliest mass shooting* committed by an individual of the States. As the largest gun-holding ratio (per capita) country around the world, USA has long been debating the gun control, yet, no consensus has been able to achieve. That’s also why media play a huge role in formulating the public debate and policy-making of gun control. We will discuss the two following reports by BBC (America’s gun culture in 10 charts) and The Telegraph (One mass shooting every day: Seven facts about gun violence in America) to illustrate the strengths and limitations of media coverage on the gun control.

*Mass shooting: When an attacker killed three or more victims in an indiscriminate rampage. Before 2013, the number was four. Continue reading “Data News of the Week | U.S. Gun Control Debate and the Media”