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Undergraduate students need to learn the responsible use of data science as well as the nuts and bolts. Hill Street Studios/Stone via Getty Images

Data science education lacks a much-needed focus on ethics

Undergraduate programs are springing up across the US to meet the burgeoning demand for workers trained in big data. Yet many of the programs lack training in the ethical use of data science.
Statistical infrastructure can help improve everything from health care to politics. Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment via Getty Images

Low- and middle-income countries lack access to big data analysis – here’s how to fill the gap

Data science infrastructure is sorely needed in many places. Doctors Without Borders brings medical help to nations in need, but similar efforts are relatively small for statistics.
Public health numbers are shown on a screen as Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo listens to Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speak during a news conference in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

When will we return to normal after coronavirus? The data will tell us

As Canadians yearn for a return to normal life, experts will rely on the latest data to determine the safest ways to come out of the coronavirus pandemic. Making that data transparent is essential.
A firefighter walks along a containment line while battling a 2018 wildfire in Redding, California. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires

Researchers like myself are finding transformative new ways to help planners, leaders and first responders tackle disasters from afar.
Africa is data-rich and well connected. Therein lies the solution to many of its challenges. S.Gvozd/Shutterstock

How data science in and for Africa can blaze new trails

Data science, led by Africa-based scientists, could play a key role in addressing all of the continent’s crucial needs.
According to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, everybody lies to preserve social relations. www.shutterstock.com

Speaking with: ‘Everybody Lies’ author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on why we tell the (sometimes disturbing) truth online

‘Everybody Lies’ author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on why we tell the (sometimes disturbing) truth online. The Conversation21.1 MB (download)
In this episode of Speaking with, author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains why humans lie to each other, but often tell the internet the truth.
Perhaps your career path is paved with big data. Steve Johnson

Big data jobs are out there – are you ready?

Most industries tap into big data these days – meaning more and more jobs are opening up in this field. Here’s some background on the skills and qualities you’d use as a modern big data professional.
It’s a lot for a person to puzzle out… call in the computers! Shaury Nash

How computers help biologists crack life’s secrets

Modern biological research relies on big data analytics. Vast reservoirs of memory and powerful computing ability mean machines find patterns and make meta-analyses and even predictions for scientists.
The rapid rise of connectivity is transforming the interactions between people and all the elements that make up a city. Rae Allen/flickr

A city thrives on connectedness but access all hours makes privacy a problem

City dwellers have better access to more information about the people and places around them than ever before, but it has never been more difficult to preserve privacy as a result.

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