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Data should be open, shareable - but not at the expense of African researchers and communities. Shutterstock

Africa must keep its rich, valuable data safe from exploitation

A focus on collaboration among African universities and research institutions is crucial in developing national policies that meet the principles of open data while keeping it safe from exploitation.
You might be surprised to find what your data says about your past – and future – health. Scanrail1/Shutterstock.com

Our laws don’t do enough to protect our health data

What can be done to prevent employers from rejecting individuals based on concern about future illnesses? Currently, nothing.
Cloud computing has become every-day tool, but its security is questionable. New methods are developed to prevent data breaches. Mark Warner/Flickr

Why we need to improve cloud computing’s security

Cloud computing is on the rise, but so are questions about its security. This is why we need systems where the data itself enforces security, not just the cloud system within which it is contained.
A high school football game in Kapaa, Hawaii on the island of Kauai. Marco Garcia/AP Photo

Is youth football past its prime?

After decades of continuous growth, participation rates have started to decline. What does it mean for the future of the sport?
Michelle Holley holds a photograph of her daughter Jaime Holley, 19, who died of a heroin overdose in November 2016. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

Your guide to a public health crisis that's likely to get worse.
Detecting the errors in data is one thing, but correction them is still possible at the quantum computing level. Shutterstock/andriano cz

Error correcting the things that go wrong at the quantum computing scale

One of the challenges for quantum computing is knowing how to detect and correct errors that may occur in the data. And we can do that without even knowing what the data says.
Somalian refugee Mohamoud Saed stands in his friend’s clothing shop he helps out with in Clarkston, Georgia. AP Photo/David Goldman

With better data, we can help set refugees up for success

Instead of focusing only on crime, the government can help set refugees up for success by collecting data on what's working and what's not in the integration process.

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