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Statistics are political – so we should question the recent drop in government estimates of British citizens living in the EU.
How many LGBT people live in the U.S.?
The 2020 census will count same-sex couples across the US. A broader count of the LGBT population would be even better.
As cities get smarter, we need to examine carefully who gets our data and what it is used for.
Mark Zuckerberg's decision to heavily restrict Facebook's APIs turns an opaque social network into an unaccountable black box.
Snow on the ground after a winter storm.
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response
Why can't meteorologists call the weather correctly every time? Blame the battle of the weather models.
Every time you open an app, click a link, like a post, read an article, hover over an ad, or connect to someone, you are generating data.
If you're concerned about privacy, but you're not ready to #deletefacebook here’s what you can do, step by step, to minimise the amount of data you share.
Dust storms in the Gulf of Alaska, captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite.
There are more satellites than ever before, orbiting Earth and collecting data that's crucial for scientists. Why do some nations choose not to share that data openly?
Facebook’s actions – or inactions – facilitated breaches of privacy and human rights associated with democratic governance.
Human rights abuses might be embedded in the business model that has evolved for social media companies in their second decade.
Out-of-pocket expenses for delivery run in the tens of thousands for many Americans.
Some experts fret that the US birthrate is on the decline. That might not be so surprising, when the cost of having children in the US has grown exponentially since the 1960s.
Every month, over two billion people worldwide log into Facebook.
Facebook's users have wildly different expectations about privacy and security. What may look like inadequate oversight in some places may be considered an overreach in others.
Noise around extreme practices drowns out how data analytics is being used in everyday ways. To really consider control of our data we must look beyond Cambridge Analytica.
The major parties have done little of substance about privacy rights.
It's time for a new discussion about the rules around privacy and politics in Australia – one in which the privacy interests of individuals are front and centre.
Some information on the climate has been obscured.
Despite scientists' initial concerns, federal climate change data sets are still available. But other documents and web pages have changed over the last year.
The US is only the 18th happiest country in the world. That's the lowest ranking since reporting began in 2012. What are policymakers doing wrong?
Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy.
How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
Universities shouldn’t ignore graduates once they leave the institution.
Universities could mine alumni databases to improve individual institutions' work - and raise funds.
What’s your ‘street race’?
The upcoming census, like many before it, will boil complex information on race, ethnicity and ancestry into just two questions. That leaves a lot of important information out of the data.
AR-15-style rifles on display in a Texas retail shop.
AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane
Gunmakers should be at the center of any discussion of the root causes of violence, and a closer look at firearms sales reveals some interesting trends.
A naturalization ceremony, in December 2015.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
The Department of Justice wants to add a citizenship question to the next census. That could mess up the Census Bureau's data and damage public trust in the system.
New Fed chair Jerome Powell has some tough choices ahead.
The data shows a tricky balancing act for policy makers. Interest rates will need to rise but too quickly could squash the recovery.