A Landsat view of Mount St. Helens in 2011.
U.S. Geological Survey
Since 2008, Landsat data has been free for the world to use, spurring new applications and scientific research. But that door could soon slam shut.
Hotels and motels along major highways are common spots for sex trafficking.
New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft's criminal charges in a suspected sex trafficking case draw new attention to this illicit underground economy.
Open data offers great promise, but also some risk.
A new act requires that all nonsensitive government data be made available publicly by January 2020. But the plan could open up new privacy issues.
An aid worker collects health and nutrition data in northeastern Kenya.
Data is essential for proper planning, budgeting and implementation of health care policies.
Zambezi river delta, snapped by Landsat 8 in March 2018.
Satellites hundreds of miles overheard are helping scientists to predict drought, track floods and see how climate change is changing access to water resources.
Having data at your fingertips isn’t enough - data scientists must know how to apply it.
Data science is going to grow over the coming decades and requires trained graduates who can handle the work.
There is a balance to be struck between data privacy and citizens’ safety.
Kenya needs to tread carefully. It must avoid placing the country's security ahead of people's privacy rights.
What does your phone know about you?
Every device that you use, every company you do business with, every online account you create – they all collect data about you and analyze it to figure out minute details of your life.
In 2018, Washington voters rejected a proposed carbon tax.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File
Polls suggest that the majority of Americans think climate change is real, is caused by humans and needs to be addressed. But climate change isn't a priority when Americans go to vote.
A hallowed chamber for an important address.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
As Trump prepares to deliver his delayed State of the Union address, here's what four economists had to say about the state of the union.
Many patients are surprised to learn what their health care procedures cost.
Hospitals are now required to post their prices online. This approach is unlikely to change US health care – but better price transparency tools could actually reduce costs.
Wall Street traders aren’t the only ones who rely on government economic data.
AP Photo/Richard Drew
The government collects reams of economic data that are vital to the functioning of companies, policymakers and even families.
Should privacy mean different things depending which side of the Atlantic you live on?
The European Union has issued its first fine, cracking down on companies that misuse users' personal data. Why hasn't the US taken a similarly strong approach?
Blockchain technologies can empower people by allowing them more control over their user data.
Blockchain technologies can support users in controlling access to their data through smart contracts that both empower and protect users.
Women in totalitarian states are among those particularly at risk by government’s use of Big Data to spy on its citizens.
If left unchecked, invasions of privacy enabled by technology could put every human right at risk, and on a scale that would be truly terrifying.
Burmese fishermen raise their hands as they are asked who among them wants to go home. Human trafficking sometimes occurs in the seafood industry.
AP Photo/Dita Alangkara
Estimates of modern slavery vary widely, whether they try to pin down numbers in the U.S., across the globe or just in certain industries.
A small memorial for Srinivas Kuchibhotla outside Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas.
AP Photo/Orlin Wagner
Law enforcement officials aren't trained in recognizing hate crimes, leaving national numbers on these attacks unreliable.
A new study compares the press photos of NBA players.
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
A new study shows that facial recognition software assumes that black faces are angrier than white faces, even when they're smiling.
A concentration camp in Poland.
Even though the Holocaust is one of the best documented genocides in history, there's limited quantitative data available. A new study investigates the number of deaths per day.
About 9,200 Americans report sexual harassment at work every year.
Two-thirds of people who report workplace sexual harassment say they lost their jobs or are retaliated against in other ways. Most never receive any money.