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We Can Have Public Safety Databases and Keep Our Privacy

Governments seem to think that the only way to protect national security is to own as much data about the public as possible, but this is not the case. The push in Australia to create a national registry of driving licence photographs has been criticised for breaching privacy principles and creating data security risks. By […]

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Does Research Methodology Require Decolonization?

Maori anthropologist Linda Tuhiwai Smith, in her seminal work Decolonising Methodologies, argues that Re-search is a dirty word. Hyphenating “research” into “re-search” is very useful because it reveals what is involved, what it really means, and goes beyond the naive view of “research” as an innocent pursuit of knowledge. It underscores the fact that “re-searching” […]

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Do We Suffer From ‘Indicator Frenzy’? A View From France

The craze for quantitative data has become a hallmark of public policy on both national and local levels. Exploring the limits of quantification allows us to better understand the importance of developing alternative indicators. Economic indicators currently play a key role in the elaboration of public policy and undoubtedly play an important role in government […]

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Can Big Data Analysis of Police Activity Overcome Bias?

In early 2017, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new initiative in the city’s ongoing battle with violent crime. The most common solutions to this sort of problem involve hiring more police officers or working more closely with community members. But Emanuel declared that the Chicago Police Department would expand its use of software, enabling […]

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Paradoxes of Probability and Other Statistical Strangeness

Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us. But our intuition often lets us down when it comes to interpreting those patterns. In this series we look at some of the common mistakes we make and how to avoid them when thinking about statistics, probability and risk. You don’t […]

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You CAN Learn to Program on the Job

I’d graduated from university with a degree I loved but the prospect of finding a stimulating job, let alone a career, was slim. I wasn’t sure where my life was leading. I was stuck. This podcast on design thinking talks about two distinct challenges in everyday life. Dave Evans, who teaches Designing Your Life at […]

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Five Important Lessons We Can Learn from Hans Rosling

I first came across Hans Rosling’s work while I was trying to make mathematics students fall in love with statistics. His TED talks are inspirational since they present data in new and dynamic ways, but not just that, they’re also educational and eye-opening. Rosling decided early on that a better way to change the world, […]

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Size Doesn’t Matter in Big Data. What You Ask Does

Big data is changing the way we do science today. Traditionally, data were collected manually by scientists making measurements, using microscopes or surveys. These data could be analysed by hand or using simple statistical software on a PC. Big data has changed all that. These days, tremendous volumes of information are being generated and collected […]

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Methods in Action: Using Big Data to Help Redress the Flint Water Crisis

By Jacob Abernethy and Eric Schwartz The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights a number of serious problems: a public health outbreak, inadequate urban infrastructure, environmental injustice and political failures. But when it comes to recovery, the central challenge, and one that has received relatively little attention, is our lack of useful information and understanding. […]

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