What Makes It Tik? #82

Editor: Christopher Brennan

Moves by the U.S. administration against TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, have launched the clock “ticking” towards a potential sale of the video hub’s American operations as well as questions about where its future HQ will be. Our Digest this week pulled in all angles on the app, how it got to this point, and what happens now. The Deepnews.ai algorithm isn’t skilled at recommending videos of what dances or songs you might like, but with a complex subject like this it is useful for pulling in in-depth pieces from around the world on topics as wide as international affairs, business, tech and entertainment.

Conspiracy Theories #81

Editor: Christopher Brennan
The internet is a big place, with remote corners where feelings of alienation morph into twisted explanations of what is “really” going on in the world. This week’s Digest explores the concept of conspiracy theories, from QAnon in the U.S. to COVID-related conspiracies around the globe that are making the leap to the “real world” of politics and public health. While there are always worries about giving oxygen to misinformation, the subject also presents a chance to show off an aspect of the Deepnews Scoring Model. By focusing on quality, these articles steer away from dramatizing the theories and hopefully lead to understanding about why and how they are occurring.

Campaign Commences #80

Editor: Christopher Brennan
It has been a few months since Deepnews.ai has directed its technology to look at quality articles on the US presidential election. For this Digest we dipped back in for the news of the week, a major one that sets the Trump and Biden campaigns up for the next three months. There is a lot of fluff out there, though with the Deepnews Scoring Model we gathered together in-depth articles on the big news of Kamala Harris as the Democratic VP candidate, what is going on with the Post Office and more.

Belarus Protests

A closely watched election on Sunday in Belarus has transformed into a large-scale protest movement after claims of fraud by the authorities of Alexander Lukashenko and an outpouring of support for schoolteacher-turned-candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Tikhanovskaya has since left for safety in Lithuania, though demonstrations are now leading to strikes. With a limited number of international correspondents actually on the ground, this mini-Digest pulled in quality pieces to get you caught up.

Making Sense of Devastation in Beirut #79

Editor: Christopher Brennan
The explosion of what is believed to have been thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate at the Port of Beirut sent shocks, physical and emotional, through the city and those around the world looking on in horror. The blast, which has killed at least 157 people as of Friday, and its aftermath are the subject of this week’s Digest, with on-the-ground reporting and articles exploring questions of safety for hazardous materials, the precarious economic situation in Lebanon and how the city rebuilds. All gathered with the Deepnews Scoring Model.