An Egyptian woman takes part in a demonstration in Cairo, 25 January, 2011.
How are Wikipedia pages about contentious events put together? Heather Ford discovered a hotbed of passion, a rotating pack of editors and a struggle for power behind its mirage of neutrality.
Twitter itself produces a lot of data that’s available nowhere else.
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If Twitter were to go dark, with it would go a valuable source of data as well as a means of sharing information relied on by activists, journalists, public health officials and scientists.
Predictive policing may be a useful addition to traditional policing in contexts like South Africa.
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Predictive policing has improved in leaps and bounds and become increasingly automated thanks to big data, data mining and powerful computers.
Elements affecting the popularity of songs change over time and should be continuously explored, say data science researchers.
Whether we’re talking songs that are popular on Spotify, or were Billboard hits through the ‘40s up to recent years, popularity cannot be attributed solely to quantifiable acoustic elements.
Australians – and Australian governments – need to get more savvy about data privacy
Smart technology is demonstrated on a farm in Newark, Mo.
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Big data from social media have been revealed as biased, but we should also pay attention to agriculture firms whose play for big data is likely to have detrimental environmental and social impacts.
There’s little transparency surrounding how insurance firms collect, analyse and use our personal data when they establish insurance costs.
Identifying the difference between normal genetic variation and disease-causing mutations can sometimes be difficult.
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Tumors contain thousands of genetic changes, but only a few are actually cancer-causing. A quicker way to identify these driver mutations could lead to more targeted cancer treatments.
It’s easy to blame COVID. But Australia has suffered medicine shortages for years. The pandemic has only highlighted the problem. Here’s what we could do to better avoid shortages in the first place.
Demonstration in front of Indonesia’s Election Commission office in Jakarta.
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People should be more careful before making conclusions from what appears on social media.
Mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous in Africa.
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To date, the program has provided nearly $10 million to roughly 137,000 of the country’s poorest citizens.
Big data analysis has unveiled startling links between seemingly unrelated things, such as how a person’s physical elevation above sea level might influence their personality.
Disinformation, algorithms, big data, care work, climate change, and cultural knowledge can all be invisible. This exhibition brings them to the light.
The ABC’s decision to force viewers to create accounts to watch shows online raises concerns over privacy.
Commercial satellite companies provide views once reserved for governments, like this image of a Russian military training facility in Crimea.
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National security professionals and armchair sleuths alike are taking advantage of vast amounts of publicly available information and software tools to monitor geopolitical events around the world.
Ancient military innovations – like the bit and bridle that enabled mounted horseback riding – changed the course of history.
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Did ancient technological advancements drive social innovation, or vice versa? Studying cause and effect in the ancient world may seem like a fool’s errand, but researchers built a database to do just that.
Facebook’s Ego4D project will help computers see the world from your point of view - for better or worse.
People navigate cities in much the same way animals navigate their environments.
As you’re walking through city streets on your way to work, school or appointments, you probably feel like you’re taking the most efficient route. Thanks to evolution, you’re probably not.
China has used big data collection systems to keep COVID under control. How the government plans to use these new capabilities in its national surveillance system has many concerned.
People produce mountains of data every day, but not all data is treated the same under the law.
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Profit-friendly data privacy laws in the U.S. are out of step with public sentiment and hinder uses the public supports, from reducing opioid overdose deaths to curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.