Almost every website — both for-profit and not-for-profit — commodifies user data.
New research shows that opt-in policies may not be as effective as intended when it comes to data protection and privacy regulations.
There is a growing need to address diversity in the datasets used to train artificial intelligence.
The use of large language models like ChatGPT is growing globally. These technologies are trained on datasets that recreate biases — as their use increases, their datasets must become more diverse.
Voter turnout, or the amount of people that turn up to vote in an election, is key to upholding democratic values. Does it matter on which day a country goes to the polls?
If your computer crashed, would you be able to access your data?
Future generations may not be able to access the digital artefacts we create today.
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There are risks in huge datasets sitting in the hands of just a few companies.
Making mistakes with spreadsheets can not only cause us personal frustration but can also lead to some very serious consequences.
Spreadsheet-related errors can have serious consequences in the private and public sector. But what can we do to overcome them?
Sarah Nance at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 2019.
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Sarah Nance uses geologic data and a variety of artistic media to help people think about their place in the landscapes they use and occupy.
Lyretail Anthias over coral reef, Aliwal Shoal, Indian Ocean, South Africa.
More tools are available to collate biodiversity data that can be used for conservation decision making.
They are popular because they are popular, which is a circular argument that suits a pie chart. But there are some serious downsides to using the humble pie.
Organizations that gather information should establish a framework for responsibly managing user data.
Responsible data stewardship must take many factors into account including legal requirements, data governance, cybersecurity and user privacy.
Key findings on victims and perpetrators of interpersonal violence have been brought together in a new website that seeks to combine over 30 sources of data across Australia.
The IRS has relied on technology for decades, as this 1965 photo taken in its Philadelphia office shows.
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The agency hopes to make paying taxes less onerous for the majority of Americans who follow the rules.
Data replication is an integral part of the scientific process, which proper research data management can improve.
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The phrase ‘research data management’ might make your eyes glaze over, but it’s actually this behind-the-scenes work that allows for large-scale scientific discoveries and collaborations.
Platforms like Zoom have been helpful in bridging geographical distances. However, a recent proposal to mine data raises questions about ownership of Indigenous Knowledge.
In-person collaboration between Indigenous communities has been aided by information technologies like Zoom. However, recent attempts to mine personal data raise concerns about data ownership.
Starling murmurations form as daylight fades over their roosting sites.
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Research into swarming in nature is transforming healthcare, gambling and the military.
Kurt Eichenwald, left, The Conversation’s investigative editor, and Georgia State professor David Maimon working.
Why The Conversation U.S. started an investigative unit.
Personal data can be used to create an AI that can mimic a user’s behaviour.
User-generated data can be used to build AI clones who can sound and behave like the source individual.
The Western shores of Ghana are struggling with a seaweed influx.
The seaweed invasion of parts of the Ghanaian shoreline is affecting coastal inhabitants.
Indonesia must reduce data center energy use and promote digital responsibility to lessen environmental impact.
A professor of statistics has used game data from Tim Hortons Roll up to Win to figure out the best time to play.
Statistics have many real-world applications — including what’s the best time to play Tim Hortons’ Roll up to Win contest. A stats prof explains how he found the precise time with the best odds.