New publications

The last few months in collaboration with Nikos Antonopoulos, Assistant Professor of the Department of Digital Media and Communication of Ionian University (Kefalonia, Greece) we wrote two entries for the SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society.

(forthcoming) Antonopoulos, N., & Karyotakis, M.-A. (2020). Data Journalism. In D. L. Merskin (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. USA: SAGE Publications, Inc. Continue reading

Thessaloniki’s Pandora


By Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis

The last few years Greece has attracted the attention of the globe due to its financial difficulties and the unending negotiations of its bailout programmes. The loss of hope and the future that seems to be miserable are some of the reasons why this Mediterranean country is facing one of the most crucial brain drain of its recent history. However, there are still young people in the country that try to cope with the unbearable daily Greek life and realise their dreams. This specific story talks about the struggle of success and the students of the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki that in 2005 decided to take their fate into their hands by creating PANDORA (Program for the Advancement of Non Directed Operating Robotic Agents). Nowadays, their inventions have competed in the RoboCup Rescue competition four times and hold a second place in autonomy category in 2013 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Continue reading

Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak


By Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis

In nearly a month, about 1,000 people have died in Yemen because of cholera and humanitarian organizations are talking about an uncontrollable epidemic due to the civil war that broke out in the country over the past two years. “The cholera outbreak in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming speed. Over 124,000 cases have been recorded – almost half of them are children”, explained Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in Yemen. Continue reading

Seminar Critique: “Data Journalism Hackathon: Red Flags in the NSRF Programs”


By Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis

“Data Journalism Hackathon: Red Flags in the NSRF Programs” was successfully held on 31 March and 10 April by the Open Knowledge Foundation of Greece, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and the Journalists’ Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers. Continue reading

The crime in Greece: The prejudice against the foreigners

By Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis

On Wednesday on June 7th a 30-year-old foreign perpetrator attacked and killed with his knife the 52-year-old owner of a grill tavern in Corfu, Greece.

“Crime on Corfu: The Albanian asked the 52-year-old baker “You’re the one?” and killed him with five knife stabs…With five knife stabs, the three of which proved fatal, the 30-year-old Albanian murdered the 52-year-old grill owner in Corfu”, wrote on his website one of the most popular news organization in Greece wanting to highlight the origins of the perpetrator, as in Greece the Albanian nationality is often related to criminality. Continue reading

International food trade drains fast the global groundwater supplies


By Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis

According to recent hydrological modelling and Earth observations, international food trade causes groundwater depletion at alarming rates due to large consumption of wheat, rice and cotton.

“Of the world’s 37 major aquifers, about 20 are past sustainability tipping points and correspond to our major food-producing regions. Groundwater induced land subsidence is like the deflation of a tire and mainly occurs where clay minerals exist, which is about a quarter of the central valley in California. We are currently experiencing the fastest rates of groundwater depletion and subsidence ever,” said hydrologist Jay Famiglietti on March 28th at the 2017 South-eastern Conference (SEC) Academic Conference hosted by Mississippi State University. Continue reading

The shadow of China

The U. S. subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 provoked a global discussion in academic and regulatory circles about the so-called “shadow banking”, the regulators of financial systems and the rapid financial liberalization and deregulation.

“Shadow banking exists alongside the formal banking system, offering similar kinds of services, but it is lightly or not regulated at all. Its institutions are therefore highly leveraged and more prone to failure or “bank runs” (for example, liquidity shocks)”, mentions Dawa Sherpa in her article in Economic & Political Weekly some years ago[1]. Continue reading