Conrad Fox

International reporting projects, migration and robotics


Newsicles

A Natural Language Processor extracts key noun phrases from web pages for automatic tagging, classification and lookup. Pages are bookmarked and the text saved alongside the phrases, making browser history fully searchable. Newsicles is an attempt to change the fundamental unit of news from the article -- with all its baggage of lede, nut graph, narrative, characters, colour quotes, and redundant, extraneous or ommitted information -- to up-to-date clusters of essential facts around given subjects. It will allow reporters to create a database of dates, contact names, organizations and locations based on their day-to-day news reading, and allow audiences to consult the recent history of a subject without having to wade through a timeline of articles in reverse chronology.


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For 15 years, Conrad lived in Mexico, where he worked as a freelance radio and print journalist. His work took him into a minefield, a gunfight, a dugout canoe and the homes of many fascinating, brave and generous people. He is also an avid teacher and has led classes in radio, robotics, soccer, physics and anthropology in a diversity of places, including office towers, lecture halls, fields and palm thatched huts.