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Human Rights Watch Sues DEA Over Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

By David Ingram (Reuters) - Opening another front in the legal challenges to U.S. government surveillance, a human rights group has sued...

Can Ocean Health Be Saved Through Underwater Apps?

Brett Greene | Posted 01.22.2015 | Denver
Brett Greene

On the last EcoWatch report card our oceans received a "D" grade. This grade is based on factors including pollution, overfishing and the impacts of climate change, biodiversity, carbon storage, coastal protection, clean waters, natural products, coastal livelihoods, economies, tourism and recreation.

To Help the World's Poor -- Start With Data?

Cheryl Doss | Posted 11.27.2014 | Impact
Cheryl Doss

When it comes to improving the lives of the world's poor, data collection may not be as sexy of a focus as improving access to clean water or more nutritious food. But better data is essential to monitoring progress and ultimately maximizing impact.

How Deadspin Can Maximize Its Innovative Effort to Collect Police Shooting Data

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

In the wake of the recent deaths at police hands of Michael Brown and so many others, people have rightly called for a thorough empirical analysis of how often and under what circumstances the police shoot civilians.

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 09.02.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.

The Future

Kevin Siskar | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Kevin Siskar

I recently finished reading Physics of the Future by Dr. Michio Kaku. After countless hours of time spent with the smartest scientists on earth, Dr. K...

Beware of the Refrigerator

Sheila Raju | Posted 08.22.2014 | Technology
Sheila Raju

What we tend to forget is that ultimately, the responsibility of privacy management does not rest solely on the shoulders of technology companies; it rests on consumers too.

Kim Bhasin

Lululemon To Collect Customer Data, After Years Of Avoiding It

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business

Lululemon will soon be learning a lot more about you. The purveyor of stretchy yoga pants is going to start collecting customer data after years of...

The Invisible World of Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Pratap Chatterjee

It's increasingly clear that the online world is, for both government surveillance types and corporate sellers, a new Wild West where anything goes. This is especially true when it comes to spying on you and gathering every imaginable version of your "data."

'Keep Calm and Carry On?' Not Quite

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

On my honeymoon in London years ago, an IRA bombing in Regents Park -- across the street from where I was staying -- killed eight soldiers and several...

How To Stop AT&T From Selling Your Data

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 07.08.2013 | Technology

Last week, telecom giant AT&T quietly updated its privacy policy with a controversial change: The company would begin selling customers' information t...

Government Surveys: How Statisticians Protect Your Identity

American Statistical Association | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
American Statistical Association

Statisticians take data very seriously. We are data-control fanatics. We make sure your personal identifiers are deleted and the other data remains just that: a bunch of codes and numbers that don't identify you or connect you to the information you've provided.

The Most Dangerous Terrorists Don't Have Verizon Accounts

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Edward Snowden -- hero or traitor? The 29-year-old Snowden has aroused as sharp a divide in opinion as any in recent memory. But focusing on Snowden is an unfortunate distraction. The real issue is the NSA data gathering programs he disclosed.

The Transformational Power Of Data

Willa Seldon | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Willa Seldon

Living Cities is supporting a number collective impact initiatives to achieve transformational gains in low-income communities in educational achievement, economic competitiveness, and other areas.

Big Data Under Attack

Tom Silva | Posted 05.20.2013 | Technology
Tom Silva

Like hanging on to clothes that don't fit, most of America's premier companies are starting to do essentially the same thing with data. The reason? They recognize the opportunity cost of not collecting data.

Finally, The Truth About Focus Groups!

Sandy Thompson | Posted 09.29.2012 | Media
Sandy Thompson

Instead of focus groups, we're letting relationships drive our research. If you want someone to tell you what she really thinks about how she looks and how she feels about getting older--or anything else that matters--you need to get to know her first.

Big Data Goes Mainstream

Phil Simon | Posted 07.24.2012 | Technology
Phil Simon

The general topic of data science has intrigued me for quite some time, but I've had very few chances to talk to people actually in the field -- i.e., those who are turning theory into practice.

Are Vanity Metrics Making Your Organization Sick?

George Weiner | Posted 05.05.2012 | Business
George Weiner

Vanity metrics, because they only look at surface performance and don't relate to the actual health of an organization, can make a business sick. The solution, however, is simple.

One Small Step for Privacy...

Susan Landau | Posted 03.27.2012 | Technology
Susan Landau

If highly invasive data can be collected by third parties and then used, how easily can individuals function in the modern world?

Catherine New

A Scarlett Letter On Economic Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 12.08.2011 | Business

Thanks to a new kind of credit score, more borrowed money may end up in the hands of the increasing number of Americans who are sliding down the econo...

iPhone App Developers Pay Huge Fee For Violating Children's Privacy

Ars Technica | Posted 10.16.2011 | Technology

The parent company of Broken Thumbs Apps--a prominent iOS app maker responsible for games like Zombie Duck Hunt, Truth or Dare, and Emily's Dress Up--...

How An Extra Data Field Cost Expedia $12 Million

Silicon.com | Nick Heath, | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Expedia analysts realised the site needed to be changed after investigating why many customers who clicked the 'Buy Now' button on the company's site ...