Democracy Is Getting A Reboot On The Blockchain

Adele Peters in FastCoExist: “In 2013, a group of activists in Buenos Aires attempted an experiment in what they called hacking democracy. Representatives from their new political party would promise to always vote on issues according to the will of citizens online. Using a digital platform, people could tell the legislator what to support, in a […]

The ‘who’ and ‘what’ of #diabetes on Twitter

Mariano Beguerisse-Díaz, Amy K. McLennan, Guillermo Garduño-Hernández, Mauricio Barahona, and Stanley J. Ulijaszek at arXiv: “Social media are being increasingly used for health promotion. Yet the landscape of users and messages in such public fora is not well understood. So far, studies have typically focused either on people suffering from a disease, or on agencies that address it, […]

Countries with strong public service media have less rightwing extremism

Tara Conlan in The Guardian: “Countries that have popular, well-funded public service broadcasters encounter less rightwing extremism and corruption and have more press freedom, a report from the European Broadcasting Union has found. For the first time, an analysis has been done of the contribution of public service media, such as the BBC, to democracy […]

The Four-Dimensional Human

Book by Laurence Scott: “You are a four-dimensional human. Each of us exists in three-dimensional, physical space. But, as a constellation of everyday digital phenomena rewires our lives, we are increasingly coaxed from the containment of our predigital selves into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension, a world of ceaseless communication, instant information, and global connection. […]

How Big Data Analytics is Changing Legal Ethics

Renee Knake at Bloomberg Law: “Big data analytics are changing how lawyers find clients, conduct legal research and discovery, draft contracts and court papers, manage billing and performance, predict the outcome of a matter, select juries, and more. Ninety percent of corporate legal departments, law firms, and government lawyers note that data analytics are applied in […]

Why Zika, Malaria and Ebola should fear analytics

Frédéric Pivetta at Real Impact Analytics: “Big data is a hot business topic. It turns out to be an equally hot topic for the non profit sector now that we know the vital role analytics can play in addressing public health issues and reaching sustainable development goals. Big players like IBM just announced they will […]

Effect of Government Data Openness on a Knowledge-based Economy

Jae-Nam Lee, Juyeon Ham and Byounggu Choi at Procedia Computer Science: “Many governments have recently begun to adopt the concept of open innovation. However, studies on the openness of government data and its effect on the global competitiveness have not received much attention. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the effects of government data openness on a knowledge-based economy at […]

Taking a More Sophisticated Look at Human Beings

Nathan Collins at Pacific Standard: “Are people fundamentally selfish, or are they cooperators? Actually, it’s kind of an odd question—after all, why are those the only options? The answer is that those options are derived in large part from philosophy and classical economic theory, rather than data. In a new paper, researchers have flipped the script, […]

An investigation of unpaid crowdsourcing

Chapter by Ria Mae Borromeo and Motomichi Toyama in Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences: “The continual advancement of internet technologies has led to the evolution of how individuals and organizations operate. For example, through the internet, we can now tap a remote workforce to help us accomplish certain tasks, a phenomenon called crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is an approach that relies on people […]

The Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

Book edited by Mittelstadt, Brent Daniel, and Floridi, Luciano: “This book presents cutting edge research on the new ethical challenges posed by biomedical Big Data technologies and practices. ‘Biomedical Big Data’ refers to the analysis of aggregated, very large datasets to improve medical knowledge and clinical care. The book describes the ethical problems posed by aggregation […]