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The increasing use of sensors in smart homes adds to an ever expanding amount of user data that can be collected and commodified. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy?

Companies scrutinise our online likes, dislikes, searches and purchases to produce data that can be used commercially. And it's often done without us understanding the full extent of the surveillance.
Stay away from the tourists traps, economics tells us. Your best bet are those cozy places away from the bustle. www.shutterstock.com

How to find a good restaurant? Economists can help

Finding a place to eat in a new city can be daunting. Economics and big data have a few tips to find the right place.
Analysing big data can tell us how a big city ticks, including where suitable housing and jobs are, and how best to get to them. LIPING/Shutterstock

How big data can help residents find transport, jobs and homes that work for them

We have learnt to be wary of big data, but it can also be your friend: one platform combines and analyses data about housing, jobs and transport to reveal very useful information about living in Perth.
Companies use data to make a portrait of their users. ImageFlow/shutterstock.com

Big tech surveillance could damage democracy

Big tech companies compete over who can gather the most intelligence on their users. Countries like Russia and China turn this information against their citizens.
The GDPR should provide better protection of data and benefit the economy. Christian Wiediger/Unsplash

Four flagship measurements of the GDPR for the economy

The General Data Protection Regulations have been in force since May 2018. Analysis of its four key measures: labels, liability obligation, portability and pseudonymisation.
Women in totalitarian states are among those particularly at risk by government’s use of Big Data to spy on its citizens. Matthew Henry/Unsplash

How governments use Big Data to violate human rights

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.
Scientists are facing a reproducibility crisis. Y Photo Studio/shutterstock.com

How big data has created a big crisis in science

Science is in a reproducibility crisis. This is driven in part by invalid statistical analyses that happen long after the data are collected – the opposite of how things are traditionally done.
Few health care professionals are currently tapping into smarthpone data to inform clinical decisions, but it could help. Shutterstock

Digital diagnosis: How your smartphone or wearable device could forecast illness

If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere, then the data it tracks could provide a comprehensive picture of your health – and alert you if it begins to deteriorate.
The Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1973 partly to help save the bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, from extinction. Should public appeal influence which species get priority? Jitze Couperus

New data tool can help scientists use limited funds to protect the greatest number of endangered species

How should the US spend limited funds for conserving endangered species? A new data tool lets managers compare different strategies so they can allocate money to protect the most species.

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