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Homicide has gradually declined over three decades. simon jhuan/Shutterstock.com

Homicide is declining around the world – but why?

Since 1990, the homicide rate has declined by 20%. Researchers are still figuring out what's behind the trend: increased incarceration, improvements in the economy or even aging populations.
Processes of data collection and analysis being used to decide policy need to be as independent and transparent as possible, particularly on issues as contentious as Sydney’s lockout laws. Subel BhandariEPA/AAP

Sydney lockout laws review highlights vital role of transparent data analysis

The collection and analysis of data used for making policy should be independent and open to ensure public trust in decision-making. The debate over alcohol licensing shows why this matters.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) greets South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a joint news conference at the presidential Blue House on June 30. Chung Sung-Jun/Pool via REUTERS

3 countries where Trump is popular

Most of the world might hate Trump, but in some places, based largely on his policies, there is hope and even admiration.
Visualization of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite in space over a tropical cyclone. NASA

We use satellites to measure water scarcity

Climate change threatens the water supply of nations around the world. But it's difficult to measure whether a region has sufficient water to satisfy the people who live there. Could satellites help?
Families in rural areas are harder for the Census Bureau to reach. Rafa artphoto/Shutterstock.com

Why the 2020 census matters for rural Americans

People living in rural and small town America have much at stake in the 2020 census. But census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.
Using data during election campaigns is nothing new. But as the Canadian federal election approaches, authorities must be diligent that data tracking doesn’t become surveillance. (Shutterstock)

Data-driven elections and the key questions about voter surveillance

Data analytics have played a role in elections for years. But today’s massive voter relationship management platforms use digital campaigning practices to take it to another level.

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