WIRED: Democracy Is Asking Too Much of Its Data

WIRED: Democracy Is Asking Too Much of Its Data. “WE’VE ALLOWED OUR democracy to devolve into a game of musical chairs. The population of the United States has tripled, while states must fight over the same 435 seats and must see their fates determined by an algorithmic system plagued by arbitrary outcomes. It is time to enlarge the House of Representatives, a conclusion shared by a bipartisan committee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “

MIT News: Estimating the informativeness of data

MIT News: Estimating the informativeness of data. “Not all data are created equal. But how much information is any piece of data likely to contain? This question is central to medical testing, designing scientific experiments, and even to everyday human learning and thinking. MIT researchers have developed a new way to solve this problem, opening up new applications in medicine, scientific discovery, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence.”

The Conversation: New US rules on sharing healthcare research data are a giant leap for open science

The Conversation: New US rules on sharing healthcare research data are a giant leap for open science. “Starting on Jan. 25, 2023, many of the 2,500 institutions and 300,000 researchers that the U.S. National Institutes of Health supports will need to provide a formal, detailed plan for publicly sharing the data generated by their research. For many in the scientific community, this new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy sounds like a no-brainer.”

MIT Sloan Management Review: The Data Boom Is Here — It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

MIT Sloan Management Review: The Data Boom Is Here — It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed. “As Big Tech becomes evermore powerful thanks to the vast troves of data that the major platforms have collected, and innovation becomes increasingly data-driven, entrepreneurs and enterprises may find it difficult to seize new opportunities. Keeping the engine of innovation running will require access not only to capital but to data as well.”

Reuters: Ireland nears Facebook decision key to EU-U.S. data transfers

Reuters: Ireland nears Facebook decision key to EU-U.S. data transfers. “Ireland’s data watchdog expects to consult fellow EU regulators in April on its investigation into Facebook’s data transfers, moving closer to a decision that could hammer transatlantic business if it bans data flows from the EU to the United States. Europe’s highest court ruled in 2020 that an EU-U.S. data transfer agreement was invalid, citing surveillance concerns.”

US Department of Justice: Justice Department Establishes Initiative to Strengthen States’ Use of Criminal Justice Data

US Department of Justice: Justice Department Establishes Initiative to Strengthen States’ Use of Criminal Justice Data. “Justice Counts is being created in response to calls from policymakers and public safety professionals for more actionable data on crime, incarceration, community supervision and related topics. State leaders are making budgetary and policy decisions based on data that are inconsistently collected and reported across the comparable agencies in their jurisdictions…. Justice Counts will deliver a set of key recommended criminal justice metrics as well as aggregation tools that make the most of data already collected to help leaders reach informed decisions without requiring costly upgrades.”

Bleeping Computer: University loses 77TB of research data due to backup error

Bleeping Computer: University loses 77TB of research data due to backup error. “The Kyoto University in Japan has lost about 77TB of research data due to an error in the backup system of its Hewlett-Packard supercomputer. The incident occurred between December 14 and 16, 2021, and resulted in 34 million files from 14 research groups being wiped from the system and the backup file.”

New York Times: How Data Is Reshaping Real Estate

New York Times: How Data Is Reshaping Real Estate. “The added layers of technology in stores and entertainment venues — crowd-tracking cameras, information gleaned from smartphones, tallies of neighborhood foot traffic and sophisticated demographic data — aim to replicate the data measurement and analysis of the online experience. But privacy advocates are sounding the alarm about the technology as Big Tech is under increased scrutiny.”

When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters (Complex)

Complex: When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters. “Landing a high stream count or massive social media following can be very lucrative for jumpstarting an artist’s career—it can lead directly to label attention, playlist inclusion, press coverage, sync placements, and more. But for the fans, media, and others on the outskirts of the music industry, it can be a challenge to decipher if and how these numbers translate to actual offline interest.”

Hongkiat: 10 Free Data Recovery Tools For Windows PC

Hongkiat: 10 Free Data Recovery Tools For Windows PC. “When you delete a file, you don’t actually ‘delete’ it. The system marks the area the file resides as reusable, removing the file from its index. This means that there is a period where it is possible to restore the file. To help you with your deleted data dilemma, we have for you 10 free data recovery tools for Windows, which will help from simple file recovery to a total partition rescue.”

Big data: With great data comes great responsibility (Open Access Government)

Open Access Government: Big data: With great data comes great responsibility. “Personal data stored within large repositories of companies are regularly exfiltrated in data breaches. Almost every individual in Western society has been subject to their data being exposed in almost always multiple data breaches. Nation-state actors have been exposed to conduct cyber-espionage on individuals and companies. Although it is 2021, George Orwell’s novel 1984 is a distinct possibility nowadays. So, we must ask ourselves: How do we combine Western civil liberties with the advance of ubiquitous data collection technologies?”