There’s a hue and cry about Doug Ford’s scrapping of Ontario’s basic income project. But the project was a failing experiment with a dearth of high-quality data.
Ontario's basic income project was deeply flawed and cursed by a lack of quality data. It needs a major overhaul.
The data being stored by your smartphone could be used to determine your health risk, and it might be wrong.
Financial institutions and stores judge our credit-worthiness based on how we handle our money. But we should be cautious of letting others compile our health data into a "wellness report."
There are multiple efforts to count police homicides in the U.S.
Official records on police homicides are full of holes. A new study tries to fill in the gaps – and finds new evidence of racial and regional inequality.
Brazilians are more divided than ever.
Data scientists mapped the online behavior of Facebook users in Brazil, the US and Argentina. The result is a startling visual portrayal of just how deeply polarized these nations have become.
In the largest technology companies, the share of income going to labour is only about 5 to 15%.
Personal data is sold, bought and traded among companies all the time. But what if the companies profiting from your data had to pay you a share of that earning?
Biometric Mirror is an interactive application that takes your photo and analyses it to identify your demographic and personality characteristics.
A new tool called Biometric Mirror exposes the need for public debate about the ethics of AI.
Robotic milkers, video cameras and even sensors hidden inside the body will help this dairy farm figure out how to get the most milk from their cows.
The transformative nature of our move to a data-driven economy and society means that any data strategy will have long-lasting effects. That’s why the Canadian government needs to ask the right questions to the right people in its ongoing national consultations.
The Canadian government is right to hold public consultations on digital and data transformation given how profoundly it affects society at large. But the scope is far too narrow.
The 2018 World Cup inspires new gamblers.
Online gambling collects a huge amount of data. But instead of personalising offers to keep you hooked, real-time data can be used to prevent problematic gambling behaviour.
Hate crimes increased in many major cities in 2016 and 2017.
In 38 US cities, hate crimes rose 12 percent in 2017. There were 1,038 hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities – the most in more than a decade.
Power over business, democracy and education will likely continue to lie with data and data-dependent tools, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Biases are difficult to shed, which makes workplace diversity a powerful and necessary tool for catching unsuspected bias before it has a chance to cause damage.
People find data difficult to own – and things we don't own, we tend not to protect.
Shoes are displayed at the San Juan Capitol in June 2018 to pay tribute to Hurricane Maria’s victims.
A survey shows that most Puerto Ricans didn't highly rate the official information coming out of the island. With the Institute of Statistics in trouble, the situation is likely not to improve.
The daily fluctuations in the stock market can have a serious emotional impact on people watching their stock portfolios, when the less stressful strategy would be to pay attention to long-term trends.
Today it's estimated that we take in about five times as much information as we did 25 years ago, and that we process as much data in a day as our 15th century ancestors would have in their lifetime.
Hurricane Maria’s destruction likely have led to thousands more deaths than originally estimated.
Official reports state that just 64 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The latest estimates put the real number at 4,645. How did the count go so wrong?
In 2017, the US dropped to 1.76 children per woman.
The number of births in the US is down 2 percent. That pops the country's 'fertility bubble' – and brings numbers closer in line with peer countries.
A Georgia penitentiary in 1911.
Library of Congress
Digitized state records help to tell the stories of African-American prisoners in the 19th and 20th century.
Reading over the consent form.
You should be aware of the amount of genetic information you might disclose in a research study – and what the benefits and risks will be.
Organisations are on the losing side, especially those that rely on leveraging personal data to compete. But there will be a net benefit to consumers – and that's a good thing.
An artist’s illustration of a black hole “eating” a star.
Astronomers are gathering an exponentially greater amount of data every day – so much that it will take years to uncover all the hidden signals buried in the archives.