Today I participated in the Mozilla OpenNews Story and the Algorithm Hack Day. I met some great people and made real progress on a project I’ve had for a long time: Condition of Anonymity. Basically, this is a fun way to explore the reasons the New York Times has given for granting anonymity to a source (“because clauses”). Here are the details of the hack day progress, including the people who did the work. Take a look at the prototype here. Click any word to see because clauses containing that word. Here’s a pretty comprehensive document on the project, including a list of other clauses to consider in an algorithm.
Here’s a shot of the site as it stood at the end of the hack: