Harmony Labs

Harmony Labs Decoding Media's Social Effects to Put Their Power to Good Use
Our mission is to understand media influence at scale, and to experiment with using media to support an open, resilient democratic society. Through the sharing of data, knowledge and other resources, we're enabling networks of researchers, practitioners and partners to rapidly generate and refine hypotheses about how media and society interact, to align around ideal outcomes, and to test outcomes-optimized interventions. Harmony Labs is a 501(c)3 based in New York City and has evolved from nearly a decade of research and prototyping, in partnership with and/or funded by leading players like Ford Foundation, Google, MTV, DARPA and others. Have an interesting project related to media influence? A media tech prototype you'd like to share? Get in touch.

Decoding the social effects of media

Mission: We're on a mission to understand how media influence works at scale and to experiment with using media to support an open, resilient democratic society.

03/19/2019

Opportunity alert! We’re looking for two field researchers/data collectors in Atlanta and NYC to support our lead researcher in an exciting project studying the social impact of VR.

This is a freelance position starting in April and runs for approximately two months, evenings and weekends, 20 - 30 hours per week. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2HrX8dm

Ready to apply? Email [email protected] with your resume.

Does your idea for social progress need funding to scale? Now is the moment to go for it! Apply to the New Media Venture...
01/30/2019
New Media Ventures

Does your idea for social progress need funding to scale? Now is the moment to go for it! Apply to the New Media Ventures 2019 Open Call: http://bit.ly/NMV2019 (The deadline is Feb 11, so don’t wait!)

@newmediaventures is looking for startups building movements, media and technology to shift power and move democracy forward! Nonprofits and for-profits can apply.

Grants and investments range from $50k-$250k. Plus, you get introductions, exposure and support from an amazing network of people!

New Media Ventures is the first seed fund and national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change.

Check out our latest blog post for a look back at our inaugural media tech accelerator and the six amazing startups work...
01/17/2019
A New Approach for Understanding the Media Ecosystem

Check out our latest blog post for a look back at our inaugural media tech accelerator and the six amazing startups working at the intersection of media and civic action: https://bit.ly/2QWKhQT

At Harmony Labs, our mission is to understand the social effects of media and to use this understanding to experiment with new solutions…

New Media Ventures
01/16/2019

New Media Ventures

👏👏Calling all innovators👏👏 We are pleased to announce the 2019 New Media Ventures Open Call! Apply now: http://bit.ly/NMV2019. From January 14th to February 11th, NMV is calling for pitches from activists and entrepreneurs thinking big and working hard to shift power. Can you help us find the next big thing by sharing this widely or tagging a friend who’s been telling you about that great idea they are building?

From Blavity and Sister District Project to Mijente and MobilizeAmerica, the groups who seek and win investment in the Open Call are diverse and transformative. Are you next? Find our FAQ and apply for the Open Call now: http://bit.ly/NMV2019.

ICYMI, our latest news narrative analysis examines whether the media tends to act as neutral observer, perpetuator, or i...
12/07/2018

ICYMI, our latest news narrative analysis examines whether the media tends to act as neutral observer, perpetuator, or instigator when covering events of national interest, like mass shootings. More on our blog: http://bit.ly/2Q8dAEq

We recently completed a news narrative analysis project centered on mass shootings and how they are covered by the media...
12/03/2018
Anatomy of a News Media Event – Harmony Labs – Medium

We recently completed a news narrative analysis project centered on mass shootings and how they are covered by the media. What we found is that in almost every case, there were fairly consistent narrative patterns, in day-to-day reporting across different events, and in the treatment of these events by particular media publishers. You can read the results from this project here: https://medium.com/@HarmonyLabs/anatomy-of-a-news-media-event-ba18f262385a

Thanks to all who attended our first media data science meetup last night! Great to chat with like-minded folks and hear...
10/25/2018

Thanks to all who attended our first media data science meetup last night! Great to chat with like-minded folks and hear what everyone has been working on. If you’d like to be notified of our next meet up, sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/1Tn0USJcpRUts9MA3

Engagement != Persuasion. Recent results from our Meme Factory project featured in WIRED. Read more below or learn more ...
08/08/2018
Viral Political Ads May Not Be As Persuasive As You Think

Engagement != Persuasion. Recent results from our Meme Factory project featured in WIRED. Read more below or learn more about this project on our website.

https://www.wired.com/story/viral-political-ads-not-as-persuasive-as-you-think/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare

Does more engagement mean your message is resonating with more people? For politicians campaigning on social media, focusing too much on shares and likes might be a mistake.

New job alert! We are currently seeking a Data Engineer to join our amazing team at Harmony Labs. Learn more about this ...
07/31/2018
Careers

New job alert! We are currently seeking a Data Engineer to join our amazing team at Harmony Labs. Learn more about this new role and our team on our website.

http://harmonylabs.org/careers

See our open positions and help us help people leverage the power of media to build a better world.

Announcing another new project from Harmony Labs: VizlabUsing computer vision, image forensics, and metadata analysis to...
05/17/2018
Vizlab

Announcing another new project from Harmony Labs: Vizlab

Using computer vision, image forensics, and metadata analysis to build meme family lineages and identify originating source communities online, Vizlab seeks to provide journalists, researchers and the public visual search and discovery tools to help track memes as they travel and evolve. The project started in March 2018 and has already collected over 100,000 memes.

Learn more at https://harmonylabs.org/vizlab

Vizlab: Surfacing the visual malware text-based tracking misses

The latest from the lab: One of our newest projects, Ratio, seeks to evolve our information ecosystems by providing a fi...
05/09/2018
Ratio

The latest from the lab: One of our newest projects, Ratio, seeks to evolve our information ecosystems by providing a first-of-its-kind cross-platform mapping of news content, as it moves through the "information funnel.” Learn more: https://t.co/IA6gkbI519

Project Ratio: Evolving and improving the news information ecosystems that underpin democracy.

02/08/2018
7th Innovation Fund Open Call: Shift the Story - New Media Ventures

Reminder: deadline to apply for @harmonylabs & @newmediaventure Innovation Fund is tomorrow, 2/9! If you’re a media tech start-up working on issues like the spread & influence of information online & could benefit from funding, apply now: https://t.co/tppmNUJkQk #ShiftTheStory

We are excited to announce the Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund! Apply now and spread the word! Over the past year, we have seen alarming attacks on vulnerable communities and rising threats to democratic institutions, including the media. Instead of giving in to outrage and over...

02/01/2018
7th Innovation Fund Open Call: Shift the Story - New Media Ventures

Have an idea for tackling filters bubbles or the spread & influence of misinformation? Does your startup need funding to take it from prototype to product? We’ve teamed up w/ @newmediaventure to fund early-stage companies working in these areas. Apply now: https://t.co/tppmNV0VHS

We are excited to announce the Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund! Apply now and spread the word! Over the past year, we have seen alarming attacks on vulnerable communities and rising threats to democratic institutions, including the media. Instead of giving in to outrage and over...

We’re excited to team up with New Media Ventures to help fund new companies looking to solve some of society’s bigge...
01/29/2018
7th Innovation Fund Open Call: Shift the Story - New Media Ventures

We’re excited to team up with New Media Ventures to help fund new companies looking to solve some of society’s biggest systemic challenges via innovative technology and media approaches. Apply by 2/9 to have your idea considered. More info here: http://bit.ly/2Gs4QR5

We are excited to announce the Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund! Apply now and spread the word! Over the past year, we have seen alarming attacks on vulnerable communities and rising threats to democratic institutions, including the media. Instead of giving in to outrage and over...

A new Knight-Gallup survey of more than 19,000 U.S. adults shows that Americans believe that the media have an important...
01/17/2018
10 reasons why Americans don’t trust the media – Trust, Media and Democracy – Medium

A new Knight-Gallup survey of more than 19,000 U.S. adults shows that Americans believe that the media have an important role to play in our democracy — yet they don’t see that role being fulfilled.
Here are 10 findings that stood out in the report:

https://medium.com/trust-media-and-democracy/10-reasons-why-americans-dont-trust-the-media-d0630c125b9e

Public trust in the media is at an all-time low. Results from a major new Knight-Gallup report can help us understand why.

12/15/2017
t.co

Yesterday, scientists at the MIT Media Lab announced that they’ve taught a machine how to manipulate our emotions–a technology that they believe can help filmmakers create more engrossing movies and TV https://t.co/likW8mlC5K

12/12/2017
t.co

Don't blame the election on fake news, write @duncanjwatts & @DavMicRot in @CJR: "..the volume of reporting around fake news, and the role of tech companies.. diverts attention from the culpability of the mainstream media itself." https://t.co/p9VuQbSoar

11/30/2017
VR Action Lab - Trailer

VR Action Lab is live! If the trailer piques your interest, check our materials at https://harmonylabs.org/vr-action-lab

VR Action Lab is a program of Harmony Labs in collaboration with Google VR's Daydream Impact program, Screenwriters Colony, Sensorium Works and Institute of ...

Join Harmony Labs and Reboot Democracy tonight at The Brown Institute for Media Innovation for an event focused on infor...
11/28/2017
Reboot: Informing the Electorate

Join Harmony Labs and Reboot Democracy tonight at The Brown Institute for Media Innovation for an event focused on informing the electorate. Some of the people you'll hear from include Peter Koechley (Upworthy, MoveOn.org, The Onion), James Slezak (The New York Times, Purpose), Alexis Wichowski (Columbia University in the City of New York, NYC Veterans), David Rothschild (Harmony Labs Project Ratio), Lauren Holmes (Buoy Up), D.C. Vito (The LAMP), and John Kelly (Graphika).

Reboot Democracy brings together innovators in the technological and political spheres, helps them connect with each other, and supports their development of tools that will revolutionize our democratic system. This month we’re teaming up with Harmony Labs and the Brown Institute for Media Innovat...

Join us this Tuesday as we partner with Reboot Democracy for a conversation focused on Informing the Electorate at the B...
11/22/2017
Reboot: Informing the Electorate

Join us this Tuesday as we partner with Reboot Democracy for a conversation focused on Informing the Electorate at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation

Reboot Democracy brings together innovators in the technological and political spheres, helps them connect with each other, and supports their development of tools that will revolutionize our democratic system. This month we’re teaming up with Harmony Labs and the Brown Institute for Media Innovatio...

10/10/2017
Careers

Come join our team! Harmony Labs is hiring a Tech Director and Marketing & Communications Director. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://harmonylabs.org/careers/

We're hiring. Help us help people leverage the power of media to build a better world.

Can climate-fiction movies and shows motivate people to seek out scientific evidence for themselves? https://t.co/tm7ECJ...
09/06/2017
Can 'cli-fi' actually make a difference? A climate scientist's perspective

Can climate-fiction movies and shows motivate people to seek out scientific evidence for themselves? https://t.co/tm7ECJ1bOI

Climate change - or global warming - is a term we are all familiar with. The warming of the Earth's atmosphere due to the consumption of fossil fuels by human activity was predicted in the 19th century. It can be seen in the increase in global temperature from the industrial revolution onwards, and…

How to think about typography in the world of virtual reality:https://t.co/vby8Ar9tcn
08/11/2017
Typography in virtual reality: the new frontier

How to think about typography in the world of virtual reality:

https://t.co/vby8Ar9tcn

Modern typography marches in lockstep with technology, as it has since the written letter’s infancy hundreds of years ago. In the 21st century, the newest frontiers for typography are the worlds of virtual, mixed, and augmented reality.

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