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Hello! Today is May 22nd 2019.
Here's your news briefing.
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The NewsLens team
The team
NewsLens is a research project at UC Berkeley led by Philippe Laban, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science, advised by Marti Hearst and John Canny.
The objective of NewsLens is to explore news ways to organize and disseminate news content to news readers. Specifically, our goal is to empower news-readers to gain access to quality, diverse and international news content on important news topics.
We leverage algorithms to organize the content into persistent news stories, that a news-reader can discover and track over time.
Content ownership
NewsLens collects articles from news sources using their RSS feeds. NewsLens does not own the content of the news articles, and only shows to its users: (1) the headline, (2) the summary, and (3) the URL provided by the news source. In no case is the full content of the article shown to a user directly. Anytime the headline or summary is shown, it is accompanied with an external link to the original content creator's website.
NewsLens is a not-for-profit research project, and in no way does the project financially gain from any source's content.
If a news source desires to be removed from NewsLens, they should contact us at The source will be removed from NewsLens promptly.
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy in short
Some information must be collected to improve the experience of the user. Any information we receive from you will never leave our servers and will not be shared with other services. Please read below for detailed information about our Privacy Policy.
Information we collect
Here is a list of information we collect about users of NewsLens:
  • Each user is tied to an anonymous unique user ID. A cookie is added to the browser to link the browser to the user, the IP address is linked to the user as well.
  • For each user, we store a history of stories opened.
  • When the user provides an email address, it is linked to the user's unique ID.
How we store your personal data
Your information is stored on our server at UC Berkeley, in a secure database system. If you do not opt to give your email address, than all the information you give is anonymous.
How we use the information we collect
Information collected is used to understand how the tool is used and improve upon it. It is also used to provide a customized experience to each user. For example, knowing what stories a user has read previously, the view is updated to show what stories have updates.
Right of deletion of user personal data
Deleting or disabling cookies from our domain name will delete the User ID from your browser, not enabling tracking on our part.
If you would like to retroactively delete the data we have collected, you can contact us at:
Feedback form
NewsLens is an in progress research project, actively seeking feedback. If you find a bug, have a feature idea, or want to get in contact, fill in the form below or email us at
We received your feedback! Thank you, if you gave us your email, we will get back to you!
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