It’s almost impossible for users to detect which information is being collected, who’s collecting it and what they do with it.
How did we become so submissive to a condition of constant surveillance that – except in spy movies or paranoid delusions – would have been considered preposterous a few decades ago?
An aid worker collects health and nutrition data in northeastern Kenya.
Data is essential for proper planning, budgeting and implementation of health care policies.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25.
By choosing to deal with companies with better data protection policies, Australian consumers can create pressure for change in how personal data is handled across the board.
Toronto could learn a lot from Brazil following the flawed and opaque consultation process to develop parts of the city’s waterfront.
Toronto’s Quayside smart city project needs a new, truly consultative process. An innovative method used by Brazil to develop its landmark Internet Bill of Rights may be the answer.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Christopher Wylie.
The routine gathering and monetisation of vast amounts of personal data has been normalised.
Personal data has been dubbed the “new oil”, and data brokers are very efficient miners.
Third party data brokers trade in personal information and the industry is worth billions. But the activities of these companies remain largely invisible. It's time to shine a light.
Online retailing is a relatively new phenomenon and a small element of retailing in Africa.
The rapid penetration of internet technologies in Africa provides hope for e-commerce's continued growth. Potential online stores need to understand what draws or pushes customers away.
Africa is urbanising quickly, as growth in cities like Cairo, Egypt, shows.
How can African research universities be more responsive to African countries' needs? And how can these universities work together to leverage funding for research informed by African realities?
Very few African universities offer postgraduate degrees in astronomy. This gap in knowledge and training can be addressed through international partnerships and collaboration.
Citizen scientists have a great deal to contribute.
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More and more Africans are becoming citizen scientists – and the benefits are huge both for them as individuals and for science on the continent.
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.
What you get out is what you put in.
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Analyzing big data sets holds the promise of big insights. But the axiom "garbage in, garbage out" is particularly apt, since conclusions can be only as good as the raw data itself.
Nothing sinister, just taking a quick peek.
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An independent review recommends greater transparency but ultimately concludes surveillance can continue.
Protecting your privacy when your data collected for one use might have a secondary use for other researchers.
Researchers are tapping into some of the massive amounts data collected these days, which could include information about you. But how do they protect your privacy?
Governments produce enormous amounts of data. The open data movement wants to make that available to all citizens.
The open data movement is gaining momentum but we need to reflect on our priorities and values in order to make further progress.
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…
Most sport is played by non-professionals in Australia such as this college challenge.
Australia is a sporting nation and the tragic death of batsman Phil Hughes is still very much in the hearts and minds of fans and players alike. Deaths in sport are rare but history does tell us that they…
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One of the UK’s largest market research firms has caused a stir with an online tool that gives a peek into its treasure trove of consumer profiles. YouGov describes its Profiler app as “a showcase for…
When the sun sets on Patriot, what will spy agencies do?
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Last week a proposal called the Freedom Act was defeated in the US Senate. The Freedom Act was to restrict whole-of-population collection of communications data which is currently permitted under the Patriot…
Don’t look a big data gift horse in the mouth.
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There have been so many leaks, hacks and scares based on misuse or misappropriation of personal data that any thought that “big data” could provide benefits rather than only opportunities for harm may…