Entrepreneur, founder, OWNI U.S., Paris and Rome
Project: Augment the news experience through Quadmented, which combines storytelling and augmented reality to unveil the history of Stanford’s Main Quad. He also is working on ways journalism can adapt to the age of the tablet by leveraging the power of data visualizations, news games, digital comics and more to create an immersive and interactive experience.
Farano, born in Salerno, Italy, has a degree in political science from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. He co-founded cafebabel.com, a multilingual pan-European news magazine, in 2001. The magazine is a pioneer in collaborative journalism with more than 10,000 contributors. Farano has written for Le Figaro and was a radio columnist on European Union affairs for France Culture public radio broadcasting. He also taught online courses at the Université de Marne-laVallée and Paris’ CFPJ journalism school. Since 2010, he has been a partner in charge of business and international development at OWNI.fr, a media startup focused on database and crowdsourcing journalism. Since 2011, he has been working on the launch of OWNI in the U.S. as an iPad app that will augment the news experience with data visualizations, news games, digital comics and augmented reality features.
Farano discusses ways to augment the news experience in the age of the tablet.
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