Facebook already controls how its users’ data can be gathered and shared. It’s university ethics boards that need to join the digital age.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal wasn't a data breach – it was a violation of academic ethics. Maybe it's universities, not social networks, that need to update their privacy settings.
It’s not good if women’s research isn’t in the library stacks.
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Women are underrepresented in academic science. New research finds the problem is even worse in terms of who authors high-profile journal articles – bad news for women's career advancement.
Who’s collecting your data, and what are they using your data for?
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What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it's accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
Where are all the data going?
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When smartphone apps get permission to access your location or other activity, they often share that data with other companies that can compile digital profiles on users.
To ease the stress of commuting, don't ditch the bus – just make it smarter.
Experiment design affects the quality of the results.
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Embracing more rigorous scientific methods would mean getting science right more often than we currently do. But the way we value and reward scientists makes this a challenge.
Opening up mobile apps’ data to scholarly researchers.
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Companies are excellent at offering apps and services in exchange for users' data. This approach can also be a big boost to scholarly research.
Genomes don’t translate easily into an understanding of disease.
Big data is all well and good, but if we want medical breakthroughs, we'll need big theory too.
Do advertisers know us better than we know ourselves?
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New research shows that behaviorally targeted ads can do more than figure out what kind of person you are – they can also shape how you see yourself.
There is a way to ensure online advertising, the free web, and privacy can all coexist together.
“You’re crushing my hand, Hillary.” “I know.”
An unedifying row over "stolen" data has the Democrats' political staffers at loggerheads.
It’s a lot for a person to puzzle out… call in the computers!
Modern biological research relies on big data analytics. Vast reservoirs of memory and powerful computing ability mean machines find patterns and make meta-analyses and even predictions for scientists.
By simulating cities from the "bottom-up", scientists can help us plan for the future.
Not dancing in the aisles.
David Anderson's report on surveillance isn't a charter for online privacy but it could create problems for a government set on capturing all our data.
Donate data like blood, and we can look for answers in the patterns we find.
In the future it will be possible to donate our personal data to charitable causes. All sorts of data is recorded about us as we go about our daily lives – what we buy, where we go, who we call on the…
Facebook can remember it for you wholesale - whether you like it or not.
Facebook’s recent apology for its Year in Review feature, which had displayed to a grieving father images of his dead daughter, highlights again the tricky relationship between the social media behemoth…
The consent policies of popular websites would take a month to read. Perhaps including a sign like this would be a simpler solution.
We live in a world increasingly dominated by our personal data. Some of those data we choose to reveal, for example, through social media, email and the billions – yes, billions – of messages, photos and…
Full speed ahead in search of globalisation.
A collaboration between historians, text mining, and information visualisation researchers has thrown up new insight into the hunger for sugar, coffee and rubber in the 19th century, as well as how fat…