Challenge: Develop a collaborative filtering platform for news.
Martín Quiroga designs and develops novel media products. During his fellowship he worked on several product prototypes that address different aspects of the news production cycle, from crowdsourcing first-hand accounts to content aggregation and delivery.
He provided extensive initial technical and system design work to help another fellow, Eric Ortiz, move his idea for a mobile app (Evrybit) that streamlines live reporting and collaborative storytelling.
Quiroga also developed Venezuela Decoded, a dynamic, single topic news site to follow the Venezuelan conflict. This site was built by a team that includes co-fellow, Ana Maria Carrano, her husband Douglas Gomez, and former fellow Mary Aviles, all Venezuelan journalists, along with Martha Olmos, a product designer.
Based on lessons learned through these projects, he launched the Open Filter project, an open-source news filtering platform that extracts the most relevant content from social media and RSS feeds. Open Filter provides a transparent alternative where news consumers can be assured that the sources and stories have been vetted by a network of experts, not algorithms optimized for clickability or personalization.
An open filtering system to extract the most significant and relevant content from social media and RSS streams.
Venezueladecoded.com – experienced journalists blending reporting and curated social media to track the truth in an avalanche of information.
Martín Quiroga explains Venezuela Decoded, a project a team of current and recent JSK fellows built that is testing ideas for creating an open, collaborative filtering platform for online news.
Martín Quiroga was born in La Paz, Bolivia and at the age of 10 emigrated with his family to New Mexico. Growing up with a father who is a structural engineer, early on he developed a deep appreciation for design and putting things together. In 2000, after completing a master’s degree in architecture at the University of New Mexico, he moved to San Francisco to work in the software industry. He started as a systems architect for nCircle’s IP360 (acquired by Tripwire), a network security system currently deployed globally at over 5,000 commercial and government networks. Later, he served as chief technology officer of Kozoru, a startup that developed a natural language search engine. More recently, at Jana Mobile he worked on the design and development of the world’s largest mobile rewards platform, which can reach 3.48 billion emerging market consumers in 70 local currencies, with prepaid airtime. He holds 6 patents in the areas of cyber security, natural language processing and mobile payments.