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The New IRA apologized for killing investigative journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Derry. Reuters/Charles McQuillan

Why do rebel groups apologize?

Organizations try to hide mistakes and evade responsibility, studies show. But two scholars analyzing militant and terrorist groups say they are willing to acknowledge their mistakes – sometimes.
Unemployment and a loss of health insurance are two problems not necessarily captured in official poverty measures. tuaindeed/Shutterstock.com

US poverty statistics ignore millions of struggling Americans

In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.
Less than one percent of state and local drug arrests involve amounts over a kilogram. content_creator/Shutterstock.com

Most US drug arrests involve a gram or less

A study of over 700,000 state and local drug arrests shows that two out of three cases involve a small amount of illegal drugs.
Biometrics like retinal scans is a new frontier in the privacy wars. Reuters/Mike Blake

Congress is considering privacy legislation – be afraid

States like California have been at the forefront of privacy innovation in recent decades. A possible federal law could bring their experimentation to a halt, harming consumers.
The internet is growing, but old information continues to disappear daily. wk1003mike/shutterstock.com

Your internet data is rotting

MySpace users were recently shocked to learn that the company lost 50 million user files. It's a harsh lesson in not leaving your intellectual property unprotected on the information superhighway.
It’s almost impossible for users to detect which information is being collected, who’s collecting it and what they do with it. Sarawut sriphakdee/Shutterstock.com

A ‘coup des gens’ is underway – and we’re increasingly living under the regime of the algorithm

How did we become so submissive to a condition of constant surveillance that – except in spy movies or paranoid delusions – would have been considered preposterous a few decades ago?
Netflix currently spends much more cash than it brings in, leading to consistent negative cash flow and a mountain of debt. sakhorn/Shutterstock.com

Will Netflix eventually monetize its user data?

Something about Netflix's business model just doesn't add up – unless you look at the streaming service as a massive data collection company.

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