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Social Media Isn't Faster Or Better Than The News

In a world in which data is increasingly seen as a bulwark against misinformation, perhaps we should spend a bit…

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Global Mass Surveillance And How Facebook's Private Army Is Militarizing Our Data

In our rush to livestream our lives into Facebook’s walled garden, we are signing away the rights to our privacy,…

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It Turns Out We've Been Concerned About Facebook's Privacy Since The Beginning

Is our conversation about Facebook and privacy something new, born of the Cambridge Analytica scandal or did the events of…

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Deep Learning-Powered 'Fake Faces' Will Transform Catfishing

As deep learning approaches increasingly allow the creation of entirely artificial faces and voices, we are fast approaching an era…

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Our Digital Revolution Is Making Our Past Ever More Fragile And Destroying Our Trust In Information

The rise of the digital era has contradictorily both made it easier to preserve the past and easier to falsify…

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Do We Even Care What Our Data Says Anymore?

If our data mattered, we would be spending the time to understand it and adjusting our methodologies and research agendas…

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The Shift From Open Source To Commercial Data Analytics Is Placing Cost Over Accuracy

As data science matures, we need to carefully balance the convenient opacity of turnkey analytics platforms with the more complex…

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Could Venezuela's Power Outage Really Be A Cyber Attack?

While the reality is that Venezuela’s blackout this week was most likely due to chronic underfunding of its electrical infrastructure…

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Cohen, Not Trump, Dominated Coverage Last Month

February was a busy month in Washington. President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the testimony…

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Why We Need To Encourage Replication And Data Description Studies

If we don’t start spending more time actually understanding our data, we will increasingly undermine the house of cards upon…

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How Streaming Is Bringing Us Closer To 1984's Memory Hole

As we increasingly shift towards streaming and e-books, that externalization of information and centralization to an ever-smaller number of streaming…

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How Data Science Became About Chasing Fads Instead Of Delivering Insight

How is it then that over almost seven years all of our statisticians, programmers, disciplinary experts and other data scientists…

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Was The Era Of 'Big Data' Social Media Based on False Hype?

The public narrative has been that social media embodied "big data," holding some of the largest datasets in the world…

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Twitter Users Mostly Retweet Politicians And Celebrities. That's A Big Change.

Kalev's summary for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage offers an overview of some of the biggest findings of Twitter's evolution…

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Zuckerberg's Privacy Vision Is Nothing More Than Misdirection

Mark Zuckerberg's grand privacy manifesto appears to be nothing more than a masterful work of marketing misdirection at a time…

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How Data Scientists Turned Against Statistics

Our great leap into the world of data has come with a giant leap of faith that the core tenets…

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Twitter Reminds Us How Much Of The World Is Absent From Geotagged Social Media

The siren song of GPS-tagged social media has led us to artificially narrow our focus to the parts of the…

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The Era Of Precision Mapping Of Social Media Is Coming To An End

It turns out that the grand vision of mapping GPS-tagged tweets was based on an assumption that proved false and…

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Twitter Reminds Us That We Still Care About Our Location Privacy

In a world in which our cell companies sell our realtime locations for profit and Facebook stalks select users to…

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Twitter's Shift Away From GPS-Tagged Tweets Suggests It Will Be Harder To Fight 'Deep Fakes'

Twitter's shift away from geotagged tweets over the past seven years suggests even the oversharing user base of social media…

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Twitter's Transition From HTTP To HTTPS

While Google is most famous for its role in transitioning the web from HTTP to HTTPS, other platforms like Twitter…

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FiveThirtyEight: How Cable News Reacted To The Cohen Hearing

FiveThirtyEight's Dhrumil Mehta and Oliver Roeder created this fascinating linguistic analysis of how CNN, Fox News and MSNBC covered the…

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Twitter 2012-2018: Geotagged Tweets (Dark)

As part of Kalev's massive new study visualizing Twitter's evolution over the past seven years, the map below shows all geotagged…

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Twitter 2012-2018: Geotagged Tweets: Language Maps

As part of Kalev's massive new study visualizing Twitter's evolution over the past seven years, the map below shows all geotagged…