Biometrics like retinal scans is a new frontier in the privacy wars.
States like California have been at the forefront of privacy innovation in recent decades. A possible federal law could bring their experimentation to a halt, harming consumers.
In 2018, the national birth rate hit a 32-year low.
The number of births in the US is down 2% – to what the CDC calls 'the lowest number of births in 32 years.' This drop brings the US more in line with its peers.
The internet is growing, but old information continues to disappear daily.
MySpace users were recently shocked to learn that the company lost 50 million user files. It's a harsh lesson in not leaving your intellectual property unprotected on the information superhighway.
In a survey, 81% of women and 43% of men said that they had experienced sexual harassment or assault at least once.
Since #MeToo, the number of women and men who say that they've been sexually assaulted or harassed in recent months has not changed much.
Your location isn’t all it knows.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Uber's IPO will value the company at more than $80 billion, yet the data it collects on its users may be worth even more – and creates the potential for dangerous manipulation.
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?
Facebook allows advertisers to target low-income Americans.
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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.