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.
Smart planning of cities needs to include addressing citizens’ privacy concerns.
Smart city planning raises concerns with citizens regarding privacy and the use of their data.
Generating new entertainment data.
For decades, advertisers and marketers struggled to predict the consumption of leisure products such as movies and books. Now, big data reveals how people really spend their leisure time.
The federal government should have a role in the regulation of digital infrastructure.
Regulation of the internet is inevitable and governments, rather than businesses, should seek to regulate it.
Women in totalitarian states are among those particularly at risk by government’s use of Big Data to spy on its citizens.
If left unchecked, invasions of privacy enabled by technology could put every human right at risk, and on a scale that would be truly terrifying.
Scientists are facing a reproducibility crisis.
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Science is in a reproducibility crisis. This is driven in part by invalid statistical analyses that happen long after the data are collected – the opposite of how things are traditionally done.
Two theories on autism and sex differences are confirmed in half a million people.
Official statistics help to shape a population’s sense of itself.
Digital technologies put an abundance of data at our fingertips, but we must ensure questions of what should, and should not, be measured are answered before we use them in official statistics.
Often the value of data science lies in the work of joining the dots.
Data science can map where street harassment is most prevalent, ensure public bins don't overflow and identify neighbourhoods with poor fire safety standards in the home.
Few health care professionals are currently tapping into smarthpone data to inform clinical decisions, but it could help.
If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere, then the data it tracks could provide a comprehensive picture of your health – and alert you if it begins to deteriorate.
The Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1973 partly to help save the bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, from extinction. Should public appeal influence which species get priority?
How should the US spend limited funds for conserving endangered species? A new data tool lets managers compare different strategies so they can allocate money to protect the most species.
A fragment of an ancestral Pueblo jar dating to c. A.D. 1150.
Keith Kintigh, Arizona State University
Only a small fraction of the data from archaeological fieldwork is made accessible to the public or preserved for future research.
Is a cassette player an “ordinary object” or a “mystery”? It depends on whom you ask, and ethnography can help you ask the right questions.
Big data is all the rage in management circles and beyond, yet little is said about the understanding needed with such voluminous data. An important lesson can be learned from ethnographic research.