Facebook allows advertisers to target low-income Americans.
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
The drumbeat of data breaches and the growing problem of identity theft disproportionately harm low-income Americans.
Netflix currently spends much more cash than it brings in, leading to consistent negative cash flow and a mountain of debt.
Something about Netflix's business model just doesn't add up – unless you look at the streaming service as a massive data collection company.
All sorts of data is collected on Australian farms, such as stock numbers and crop details.
Farming data collected by governments, agribusinesses and banks is regulated in a piecemeal fashion, and ends up beyond the reach of farmers.
Living longer and loving it.
People who are 65 and up can expect to live longer than ever before. Does it make sense to keep classifying everyone in this group as old? A pair of demographers argue for 'age inflation.'
Vienna often scores highly in the rankings.
When a city scores badly on "liveability", it can put serious pressure on city leaders – but do these rankings really help improve life for local people?
Doctors at a hospital in Kisumu, Kenya.
East African countries use a scorecard to monitor maternal and child health progress in the region.
Citizen science can help address data deficits.
Citizens can be recruited in addressing data deficits.
Interdisciplinary programs can help to address Canada’s data deficit gap.
Canada's data deficit represents an absence of information; however, just as crucial is the deficit in the skills required to analyze collected data.
An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan.
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Civilian casualty counts are a powerful tool for propaganda – and for establishing peace.
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.