Data protection policies focus on human rights. But the exercise of our free will is increasingly being hindered.
Manipulating our own personal data can allow us to manipulate capitalism.
Personal data is valued primarily because data can be turned into a private asset. That has significant implications for political and societal choices.
Artificial Intelligence can perpetuate existing social imbalances in a harmful manner. Can this undesirable scenario be avoided?
The use of Big Data (large, aggregated datasets) to inform the provision of health care leaves out context and details.
Health-care providers are increasingly relying on large data sets to deliver services. However, Small Data approaches provide nuance and context, and in some instances can be more beneficial.
The use of big data by companies, even when perfectly legal, can harm people.
From 2000 to 2013, less than a third of gendered pronouns within articles (for example, 'he' and 'she') referred to women.
Istanbul at sunset.
City rankings have become big business – but this expert thinks it's best to ignore them.
Using data during election campaigns is nothing new. But as the Canadian federal election approaches, authorities must be diligent that data tracking doesn’t become surveillance.
Data analytics have played a role in elections for years. But today’s massive voter relationship management platforms use digital campaigning practices to take it to another level.
Data collected by governments is a treasure trove of useful information for researchers.
A recent public deliberation in British Columbia identified that access to government data should be managed carefully and efficiently.
When pursuing information for big data projects, the risks to individual autonomy and privacy are easily overlooked.
Insurance companies collect data from fitness trackers to help improve business decisions.
People are more willing to participate in fitness tracker-based insurance policies when they are in control of their participation.
What should be done to ensure that the SDGs actually change countries' development trajectories? Here are four practical steps.
The increasing use of sensors in smart homes adds to an ever expanding amount of user data that can be collected and commodified.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summing up a student in numbers.
US schools now collect detailed data on their students. But teachers and parents need to think carefully about how that data is used – and what it shows, or doesn't show, about a student.
John Stockton holds the NBA record for career assists.
Why are three-pointer shots from the corner more efficient than the ones above the break? The answer: More than 90 percent of corner three-point shots are assisted.
Techniques from topology can help us understand DNA and improve drug development.
The GDPR should provide better protection of data and benefit 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.