The Supreme Court Is Allergic To Math

Oliver Roeder at FiveThirtyEight: “The Supreme Court does not compute. Or at least some of its members would rather not. The justices, the most powerful jurists in the land, seem to have a reluctance — even an allergy — to taking math and statistics seriously. For decades, the court has struggled with quantitative evidence of all […]

Intellectual Property for the Twenty-First-Century Economy

Essay by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Dean Baker and Arjun Jayadev: “Developing countries are increasingly pushing back against the intellectual property regime foisted on them by the advanced economies over the last 30 years. They are right to do so, because what matters is not only the production of knowledge, but also that it is used […]

Political Ideology and Municipal Size as Incentives for the Implementation and Governance Models of Web 2.0 in Providing Public Services

Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar and Laura Alcaide Muñoz in the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age: “The growing participation in social networking sites is altering the nature of social relations and changing the nature of political and public dialogue. This paper aims to contribute to the current debate on Web 2.0 technologies and […]

Fraud Data Analytics Tools and Techniques in Big Data Era

Paper by Sara Makki et al: “Fraudulent activities (e.g., suspicious credit card transaction, financial reporting fraud, and money laundering) are critical concerns to various entities including bank, insurance companies, and public service organizations. Typically, these activities lead to detrimental effects on the victims such as a financial loss. Over the years, fraud analysis techniques underwent a rigorous […]

Crowdsourced Morality Could Determine the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Dom Galeon in Futurism: “As artificial intelligence (AI) development progresses, experts have begun considering how best to give an AI system an ethical or moral backbone. A popular idea is to teach AI to behave ethically by learning from decisions made by the average person. To test this assumption, researchers from MIT created the Moral Machine. Visitors to […]

TfL’s free open data boosts London’s economy

Press Release by Transport for London: “Research by Deloitte shows that the release of open data by TfL is generating annual economic benefits and savings of up to £130m a year… TfL has worked with a wide range of professional and amateur developers, ranging from start-ups to global innovators, to deliver new products in the […]

Where’s the evidence? Obstacles to impact-gathering and how researchers might be better supported in future

Clare Wilkinson at the LSE Impact Blog: “…In a recent case study I explore how researchers from a broad range of research areas think about evidencing impact, what obstacles to impact-gathering might stand in their way, and how they might be further supported in future. Unsurprisingly the research found myriad potential barriers to gathering research impact, such […]

Decoding the Social World: Data Science and the Unintended Consequences of Communication

Book by Sandra González-Bailón: “Social life is full of paradoxes. Our intentional actions often trigger outcomes that we did not intend or even envision. How do we explain those unintended effects and what can we do to regulate them? In Decoding the Social World, Sandra González-Bailón explains how data science and digital traces help us solve the […]

The ethical use of crowdsourcing

Susan Standing and Craig Standing in the Business Ethics. A European Review: “Crowdsourcing has attracted increasing attention as a means to enlist online participants in organisational activities. In this paper, we examine crowdsourcing from the perspective of its ethical use in the support of open innovation taking a broader system view of its use. Crowdsourcing […]

How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises

Guide by the International Red Cross Federation: “Together with ICRC, and with the support of OCHA, we have published a brief guide on how to use social media to better engage people affected by crisis. The guide is geared towards staff in humanitarian organisations who are responsible for official social media channels. In the past […]