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Police forces have a wide range of options for monitoring individuals and crowds. Nicholas Kaeser/Flickr

High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

Police forces across the country now have access to surveillance technologies that were recently available only to national intelligence services. The digitization of bias and abuse of power followed.
Singapore’s successful use of a mobile contact tracing app is among the ways New Zealand could use technology better in its COVID-19 lockdown. Wallace Woon/EPA

Tracking your location and targeted texts: how sharing your data could help in New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown

Automated text messages if your phone detects you're a long way from home, or discounted home internet, are just a few possible technology solutions to make New Zealanders "stay home to save lives".
20 years ago, who could predict how much more researchers would know today about the human past – let alone what they could learn from a thimble of dirt, a scrape of dental plaque, or satellites in space. Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo

Archaeological discoveries are happening faster than ever before, helping refine the human story

20 years ago, who could predict how much more researchers would know today about the human past – let alone what they could learn from a thimble of dirt, a scrape of dental plaque, or satellites in space.
Burning invasive, nonnative grasses on federal land at Lower Table Rock, Oregon. BLM

Invasive grasses are fueling wildfires across the US

Along with climate change and drought, invasive grasses are promoting wildfires across the US, even in areas that don't normally burn.
The use of Big Data (large, aggregated datasets) to inform the provision of health care leaves out context and details. Shutterstock

Small Data approaches provide nuance and context to health datasets

Health-care providers are increasingly relying on large data sets to deliver services. However, Small Data approaches provide nuance and context, and in some instances can be more beneficial.

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