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Finding the Missing Millions Can Help Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

The international community should establish the right monitoring mechanisms and indicators to measure whether we are on track to achieving the SDGs. This target for universal identity will be especially critical as a means of monitoring and achieving the SDGs as a whole.

Are We Missing (Half) the Point?: Two Things COP21 Negotiations Cannot Overlook

Johannes Jütting | Posted 01.20.2016 | Green
Johannes Jütting

More than 140 heads of state and leaders gathered at the beginning of this week in Paris for COP21. Their challenge is to agree on a new climate accor...

Citizen Science: A Pathway for Citizen Engagement and Innovation

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science
Hollie Russon Gilman

A combined, cross-sector approach focused on citizens is necessary. The results can be more citizens engaged in the critical science policies that impact our society.

A Call for Creative Solutions

Victoria Espinel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

The November 13 attacks in Paris were tragic, and our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Paris. We stand ready to work with law enforcement to prevent future such horrific incidents.

2015 State of Analytics - 20 Key Business Findings

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

A 2015 PwC survey of 1,300 CEOs in 77 countries, ranked data mining and analytics as the second most strategically important digital technology and organization capability, only behind mobile technologies for customer engagement.

Moving Beyond Queer Health Stereotypes

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

LGBTQ health is more than just HIV & suicide risk. Yes, please pay attention to those critical issues but that's not where our health problems stop.

Software and Data Helping Overhaul Conservation

Victoria Espinel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Today, I gave the keynote address at the World Wildlife Fund’s 2015 Fuller Symposium. This year’s theme, “Wired in the Wild,” ...

I Am an Asian, Non-Racist, Non-Violent BU Student and I Actively Support #ConcernedStudent1950

Olivia Deng | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Olivia Deng

College serves many purposes -- to educate, to prepare students for careers, and to provide a place for students to develop networks and form friendships. College is also a place to challenge conventions and catalyze meaningful change.

In Veteran Hiring, It's Culture -- Not Numbers -- That Makes the Difference

Chris Marvin | Posted 11.13.2015 | Business
Chris Marvin

In the wake of Veterans Day, we can take inventory of the pledges made by companies to hire more veterans.

If We Can't Measure Slavery, Does It Exist?

Monique Villa | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Monique Villa

Today, modern-day slavery is an invisible crime. There are no chains, the injuries are psychological, and the victims walk among us, mostly unnoticed, trapped in dark and illicit networks operating in the shadows.

The Power of Small Data: Big Data Isn't King

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Sophisticated digital platforms that leverage "small" pieces of information or the data contained within citizens and their localities can strengthen the quality of democracy. Taken together, the following examples illustrate the ability to combine the right data to forge 21st century digital public infrastructure.

Grime and Open Data: A Match Made in London

Jack Hardinges | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Jack Hardinges

Through a Vice documentary last year, grime artist JME asked for transparency to be brought to something that affects both his livelihood and his way of life: performing music. Without realizing it, he may well have been talking about a need for open data.

The Effect of Visuals in Daily Business Operations

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 11.07.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

The times when visual content was associated with more 'light-hearted' businesses like entertainment or lifestyle journalism are long gone.

Data Privacy and Security in a Post-Safe Harbor Era

Bob Muglia | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Bob Muglia

Data without borders may be a thing of the past. On Oct. 6, the European Court of Justice declared the Safe Harbor structure to be invalid. Since its establishment, Safe Harbor has provided a simple, legal mechanism to transfer Personal Data outside of Europe to data centers located in the U.S.

From Academia to Entrepreneurship: In Dialogue with Joe Hellerstein, Sean Kandel, and Jeffrey Heer

Sharad Khare | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology
Sharad Khare

When I first met Joe Hellerstein, Sean Kandel, and Jeffrey Heer, I learned how academia could become a very great part of entrepreneurship. These gentlemen took their research, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to engage the data industry by storm.

More Inclusive Governance In The Digital Age

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Governments should create channels to empower existing communities and their networks. Networks are digital, hyper-local, and at the same time, global. High levels of experimentation are necessary to test and pioneer diverse strategies in cities of different sizes.

What Does "Relevant" Really Mean?

Michael Pasco | Posted 10.29.2015 | Technology
Michael Pasco

All informed marketers know one thing moving into 2016: consumers don't respond to irrelevant messaging. But how do you know what content is "relevant" when the definition is so broad and audience perception is always changing?

The Open Data Charter: A Roadmap for Using a Global Resource

Joel Gurin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Joel Gurin

The Charter is a watershed moment for a global movement that has been pushing governments to make more data more open in better ways. Open data is essential to government accountability: It enables citizens to scrutinize the workings of government, ask questions, and take action.

Hey, We're Doing Pretty Well As A Species. Just Look At The Data.

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 10.23.2015 | Media

Fixers is a series from What's Working that profiles the people behind the most creative solutions to big problems.  Stories are s...

Seize the Opportunity for a Sustainable Path

Victoria Espinel | Posted 10.22.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

In "The collapse of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik's Cube," Microsoft's Brad Smith provides insight on ways to ensure European...

Why Quality Data Matters for the Global Goals

Joan Hanawi | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

Using tools that bridge the gap between the reality in rural communities and the technology of the developed world allows for the collection of better quality data, which is the key to achieving the Global Goals.

What's the Big Deal With Data?

Victoria Espinel | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Plenty, according to new report from BSA | The Software Alliance We are generating more data today than ever before - and it's improving everything...

Meet The Man Who Took Facebook To Court In Europe And Won Big

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.07.2015 | Technology

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Face...

The EJC Ruling on Data Privacy - "You Never Know the Value of Something Until You Lose It"

Professor Mark Skilton | Posted 10.06.2015 | Technology
Professor Mark Skilton

There needs to be something that is balancing local citizen personal rights with the large internet companies that often are not from those countries providing a "defacto mandate" that seems stacked in their favour to use your persona data.

To Data or Not To Data: Capturing the Humanities in Motion

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

We have a social responsibility to reshape what really counts among all the counting. I deeply believe that the transformative and perhaps even surprising identity of tomorrow's humanities must be built on the solidity of our century-old foundations.