Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
Crime data reflect only what crimes are identified by the police – not all the crimes that occur. So decisions based on crime data are necessarily biased and incompletely informed.
Algorithms can have enormous consequences on people's lives, yet a federal law prevents us from studying whether they may be biased, unfair or discriminatory.
A study that suggested Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was more psychological than physical has been debunked. How did the data get doctored?
Can social media create opportunities to identify and challenge government pitfalls and problematic policies?
Politicians should be subject to a penalty regime similar to the far more stringent one that applies to company directors.
A European Union law will require human-understandable explanations for algorithms' decisions. A team of researchers has found a way to provide that, even for complex calculations.
South Africa's mining industry is on an unsustainable trajectory and needs to undergo fundamental transformation that emphasises transparency, equity, and community participation.
The government has announced it will accept recommendations to make the university admissions process more transparent. But that alone isn't enough.
A historian and biographer of J. Edgar Hoover answers questions on how FBI director James Comey is handling a position with a dark past.
China will have to play by international rules on transparency and accountability if it wants to secure its place as a leader for economic development in Asia.
The World Bank risks looking hypocritical and becoming redundant if it doesn't improve its own management.
The financial products offered by the shadow banking sector allow investors to be further removed from their investments and banks to escape regulation, increasing the risk in the sector overall.
The government should follow through on setting up a register of beneficial ownership of companies if it wants to get serious about tax evasion.
Why is it that we want strong democracies for ourselves, but "economic czars" for others?
A new report from Sense About Science reveals the scale of politics before evidence.
Data-driven algorithms drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and civic lives. But they contain inherent biases and assumptions that are too often invisible to the public.
Pay transparency laws are the latest effort to eliminate the still-yawning gap between the salaries of men and women. Do they work?
Student funding processes must be opened up to public scrutiny and participation if they're to succeed.
Kenya's university budgets are a closed book – and this lack of transparency is bad for institutions and the country as a whole.