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Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy. Tim Snell/Flickr

Explainer: what is differential privacy and how can it protect your data?

How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
What’s your ‘street race’? blvdone/

The US Census Bureau keeps confusing race and ethnicity

The upcoming census, like many before it, will boil complex information on race, ethnicity and ancestry into just two questions. That leaves a lot of important information out of the data.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores in the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool, in February 2018. Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

How AI could help football managers spot weak links in their teams

A new approach to gathering data from football matches which uses cybernetics and AI could help coaches spot weak links in their teams.
Research suggests that suicides by racial and ethnic minorities are undercounted. Joseph Sohm/

Suicide isn’t just a ‘white people thing’

Many cultures still experience silence and shame around mental health issues. But that doesn't mean they don't need help.
There is a glaring need to reform Australia’s archaic wealth inequality statistics to make them commensurate with international practice.

Bad data collection means we don’t know how much the middle class is being squeezed by the wealthy

The squeeze on wealth in the middle class by those at the top is a long established trend in international inequality data. But the ABS doesn't provide this information.
Big data makes it a bit easier to guess your next move. blackboard1965/

Can math predict what you’ll do next?

Predicting human behavior is big business. But science may never be able to do so with perfect certainty.

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