From personal apps to big data mining and real-time interactive maps of outbreaks, the effort to revolutionize the public’s understanding of influenza has been extremely tech-driven.
It’s easier to gather and easier to analyze than ever before but data scientists and researchers often have a difficult time overcoming the much more powerful forces fighting against them.
A scientist writing for Politico has equated government data mining with atomic bombs and is calling for disarmament. But if citizens are going to have a voice in this debate, we probably need to solve web privacy first.
Data scientists are in high demand, which is bound to lure some of them out of academia and into industry. Their biggest challenge won’t be finding a job, but finding the right one — and maybe opting for entrepreneurship over employment.
A new study shows how factors such as where and when Redditors submit posts, as well as the language they use in their headlines, can have a significant effect on how much engagement the posts experience.
You’ve just invested in a massive infrastructure to store your data and mine it for information. But is that information valuable enough to justify the expense?
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told EU commissioner of justice Viviane Reding that the NSA is primarily targeting U.S. citizens and suspected foreign terrorists in its data collection efforts.
If a piece of information has been collected but has never actually been seen by the human eye, is it considered surveillance?
With its acquisition of Lucky Sort, Twitter seems to be acknowledging that it’s a data company after all. The plan appears to be building a services that would do for Twitter equivalent to services such as Google Trends and Google Analytics.
Hedonometer.org draws on tweets and other sources of textual sentiment to gauge population-level happiness.