News Read Us

News Read Us

Organisation: Open Knowledge Foundation (Germany)

Publication Date: 07/21/2014


We're telling the story of how news sites themselves are violating our privacy by engaging in excessive user tracking. Whether tabloid, long-form or focussed on wildlife: most online news is financed through advertising. To satisfy the advertiser's interest in the site's audience, optimise their offerings and enable easy sharing of content via social networks, virtually all news sites include a large number of external tracking beacons. This means that while you're browsing the morning news, your behaviour is shared with advertisers and analytics companies from around the globe. In the end, the news site may get more information out of you than you get out of their articles.

Technologies used for this project:

Python data extraction scripts based on Mozilla Lightbeam. HTML and D3 for the web page.
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