People queue to receive food during a distribution.
The social impacts of the coronavirus will leave a legacy long after the virus itself.
Different groups of people have different experiences of COVID-19, but we don’t have the data to come up with a response that reflects that.
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Coronavirus is hitting some communities harder than others. But a lack of very basic data categorisation means it's difficult for the UK government to tailor its response.
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo are reflected in a computer screen showing date on Canada’s COVID-19 situation during a news conference in Ottawa on April 13, 2020.
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Gathering race-based data during the coronavirus pandemic is essential for Indigenous communities, racialized people and those with disabilities and mental health challenges.
The Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, had the first known COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home. In Massachusetts, one-third of nursing homes now have more than 30 COVID-19 cases.
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The government doesn't know how many people have died of COVID-19, in part because it didn't require nursing homes to report cases to the CDC. In some states, over half of deaths are in nursing homes.
Traders wait in line at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market, in Navi Mumbai on April 20, 2020.
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Preliminary results of new research show how using data from social networks such as Facebook may help us understand how the coronavirus spread on local and regional levels.
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Don't just tell us how many new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, tell us how many people you tested as well. That helps us to know if things are getting better or worse.
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A new searchable database allows people, for the first time, to compare how many COVID-19 cases there are in every NSW postcode with each suburb's socioeconomic status and age profile.
Data shows that the gap has grown in recent years.
For most of the past five decades, income inequality has been higher in rural counties than in urban areas. Now, urban areas are catching up.
Francis William Edmonds’ ‘Taking the Census,’ from 1854.
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Countries have been trying to count their populations since the Han dynasty in China.
A mylar balloon at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.
Releasing balloons at weddings and other celebrations is festive, until they break into pieces and become plastic pollution. A citizen science project is spotlighting the problem.
Hispanic voters go to the polls for early voting in 2004.
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One way in which Latino voters vary is where they or their forebears came from. In states like Florida, that difference matters.
Fears of the census may have informed the Bureau’s 2020 tagline.
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A quarter of Americans, many of them non-white, are worried about data privacy and confidentiality in the 2020 census.
Microbiologist Xiugen Zhang working at the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory.
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In a survey, a majority of liberals and conservatives reported that they trust doctors and the CDC to reduce US risk of a coronavirus epidemic.
For years, Craigslist operated out of an old Victorian house in San Francisco, before moving out in 2010.
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Remember when websites didn't rely on user data for profit margins, when values like anonymity and transparency were celebrated?
Aimee Stephens worked for a Detroit funeral home for six years before telling her employer she wanted to be issued a female uniform.
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In a national survey, transgender individuals had worse employment outcomes, lower incomes and higher rates of poverty than cisgender people.
Secondhand smoke may come from many miles away.
According to a new study, about four in 10 air pollution deaths in the US are due to emissions crossing state lines.
Theo Lacy Facility in Orange, California.
Between 1983 and 2013, the number of immigrants detained in rural county jails has increased.
The ABA has called for states to curtail ‘gay panic’ and ‘trans panic’ defenses.
In a handful of cases, defendants in murder cases have said that they were defending themselves from a same-sex pass or attempted sexual assault.
Black names have changed over the centuries.
A scholar disproves the long-held assumption that black names are a recent phenomenon.
Amazon says it has considered adding facial recognition technology to its Ring doorbell cameras. Some politicians are concerned Ring’s video-sharing partnerships with police departments encroach on people’s privacy and civil liberties.
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Amazon says it's the "new neighbourhood watch" but Ring may just be another technology that gives police too much data and lets neighbourhoods double down on their biases.