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.
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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.
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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.
Some things are just tricky to measure.
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How useful is the information you get from the measure of any thing? That depends on what you chose measure in the first place, and that's not always clear.
You’re probably wrong about how long it would take you to know they’re ‘the one.’
New research confirms that people tend to rush to judgment, in spite of believing their own decisions and those of others are carefully based on lots of evidence and data. And that can be good or bad.
Some women use fertility apps to track the chances of pregnancy.
Fertility apps aim to help women understand their bodies. But while some find tracking their data a positive experience, others may feel burdened or trapped.
Colorado state senator Randy Baumgardner was accused of inappropriately touching a former legislative aide.
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Between November 2016 and October 2018, more than 130 government officials were publicly accused of sexual harassment or assault.
Factors ranging from the timing of a book’s release to its subject matter can determine whether it will crack the vaunted list.
It's easier to make the list than you might think.
The tools on our smartphones are enabled by a huge network of mobile phone towers, Wi-Fi networks and server farms.
The energy required to power the massive, factory-sized data centres that computers rely on already consumes 5% of global electricity. And that energy load is doubling every decade.
Some police reform efforts encourage stations to hire more educated officers.
Officers with college degrees were significantly more likely to pull over drivers for less serious violations, search drivers or their vehicles and make arrests on discretionary grounds.
Canadians are up in arms about Statistics Canada’s push for their financial data. They shouldn’t be.
Statistics Canada has been tone-deaf in its push for the financial data of Canadians from banks, but that data is essential to forming good public policy.
Thanks to nonmedical exemptions, vaccination rates are falling in some states.
In 18 states, parents can choose to exempt their children from vaccines for nonmedical 'philosophical' or 'personal belief' reasons.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said parliament was considering further changes.
The opt-out period for the controversial My Health Record scheme is
being extended again – this time to January 31.
The Gauteng City-Region is home to a quarter of South Africa’s population.
The latest data offer a vital resource for understanding Gauteng's multi-faceted challenges.
It’s not the U.S., either.
Most researchers use the UN's Human Development Index to measure each country's progress, but that system has flaws. A new, simplified index aims to do it better.
An Oregon wildfire in August 2018.
U.S. Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Region
Communities that are majority black, Hispanic or Native American are over 50 percent more vulnerable to wildfire compared to other communities.
Social media misinformation rose significantly before the 2016 presidential election.
The Iffy Quotient measured misinformation on social media in the run-up to the recent elections. Facebook has gotten better at combating untrustworthy links, but Twitter still struggles.