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. “

Eurostat: Discover Europe’s young generation with our new tool

Eurostat: Discover Europe’s young generation with our new tool . “On the occasion of the European Year of Youth 2022, Eurostat releases an interactive tool which presents statistics on young Europeans in quiz-like and fun way. If you are aged between 16 and 29 years, our new tool offers you the possibility to compare yourself with other young people in your country. But this tool is also for everyone else, younger or older, who is curious to find out more about the young generation in Europe.”

Canadian Grocer: Why Statistics Canada is changing how it monitors food prices

Canadian Grocer: Why Statistics Canada is changing how it monitors food prices. “There is no doubt this change was needed as the list of products was quite dated. In fact, even if you go back 25 years, the list was quite immaterial for most of us. For example, seafood is a huge industry for Canada, and canned salmon was the only fish that Statistics Canada was monitoring the last 25 years. The produce category only had a handful of options, the only option in the juice category was orange, and the vegetable protein category was nonexistent. Today, vegetable proteins are consumed by a growing number of Canadians. However, once the new list comes out, Statistics Canada says we can’t go back beyond March 2022 to access food prices.”

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Says L.A.’s COVID-19 Data Provides Template for Understanding How Pandemics Spread

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Says L.A.’s COVID-19 Data Provides Template for Understanding How Pandemics Spread. “Using Los Angeles County as their subject, [Professor Steven] Graves and CSUN geography graduate student Petra Nichols constructed a series of statistical models that demonstrate that certain neighborhood housing characteristics — including income and ethnicity — made some communities more vulnerable to the virus than others. The information, Graves said, could provide policymakers and public health professionals with vital insight into managing future pandemics.”

7 News (Australia): Database of Australian renters launched

7 News (Australia): Database of Australian renters launched. “Accessed via the Australian Data Archive, the information generated features descriptions of renting households from around the country. As well as revealing who the nation’s renters are, what they want and what they can afford, it details the diversity of Australia’s housing quality and conditions across the rental market.”

American College of Surgeons: Telemedicine expanded access to surgical care during COVID-19 pandemic, but disparities remain

American College of Surgeons: Telemedicine expanded access to surgical care during COVID-19 pandemic, but disparities remain. “Digital literacy, access to technology, and the ability to effectively communicate with providers virtually have become critical indicators of social determinants of health. Now, to add to our understanding, Boston-area researchers have investigated demographic disparities in the use of virtual consultation compared with in-person surgical consultation after the initial COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Their findings appear in an article—among the first of its kind—published online by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.”

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia’s new COVID dashboard offers ‘clearer view’ of racial and ethnic disparities

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia’s new COVID dashboard offers ‘clearer view’ of racial and ethnic disparities. “The Virginia Department of Health is launching a COVID-19 dashboard that tracks disparities among racial and ethnic communities. Called the ‘Health Equity Dashboard,’ the new tool compares COVID cases, hospitalization, death and vaccination rates among Virginians in the white, Black, Latinos, and Asian or Pacific Islander communities. Users can look at statewide data or toggle with certain localities. They also can look at trends for the current month or over the past six months.”

PC Magazine: We Read Twitter for Entertainment, Trust It for News (Unless We Vote Republican)

PC Magazine: We Read Twitter for Entertainment, Trust It for News (Unless We Vote Republican). “Two new studies from the Pew Research Center on American use of Twitter find both a surprising level of trust in that social platform and a partisan divide in views about it. They also suggest Twitter’s privacy interfaces need serious work. These studies released Monday—The Behaviors and Attitudes of US Adults on Twitter and News on Twitter: Consumed by Most Users and Trusted by Many—shed new light on the social platform that continues to draw far more debate than you might expect for a service only used by 23% of Americans, per a Pew study released in May.”

NBC News: NBC News poll shows demographic breakdown of the vaccinated in the U.S.

NBC News: NBC News poll shows demographic breakdown of the vaccinated in the U.S.. “So who’s been vaccinated in the United States? And who hasn’t? Well, our most recent NBC News poll sheds some light on those question, with the survey finding that 69 percent of all adults say they’ve already been vaccinated, versus 13 percent saying they won’t get vaccinated under any circumstance.”

Federal News Network: NIH team creating new data tool that tracks federal employee perceptions and demographics

Federal News Network: NIH team creating new data tool that tracks federal employee perceptions and demographics. “Several agencies have said they’re craving more data that will paint a better intersectional picture of the federal workforce — how women of color or Hispanic supervisors and leaders, for example, are feeling about their agencies and jobs. Current federal survey data doesn’t tell those stories, and some agencies can only collect certain demographic data about their employees on a voluntary basis, a point that Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget leaders have acknowledged is a challenge.”

Public Religion Research Institute: PRRI Releases Groundbreaking 2020 Census of American Religion

Public Religion Research Institute: PRRI Releases Groundbreaking 2020 Census of American Religion. “The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) today released the inaugural 2020 Census of American Religion, which provides unprecedented county-level data on religious identity and diversity in the United States. Based on interviews with more than 500,000 respondents between 2013 and 2020, the census report reveals the shifting dynamics of American religious affiliation across geography, race and ethnicity, age, and political affiliation over the last decade. It provides the most detailed estimates of American religious affiliation since the U.S. Census Bureau last collected religious data in 1957.”

CNET: How Gen Z harnessed the internet and destroyed the generation wars

CNET: How Gen Z harnessed the internet and destroyed the generation wars. “For most millennials, depending on their age, the social media they had access to during their younger years was MySpace or Facebook in its early days. Profile pages could be public, but those networks felt designed to address friends and family, said Paul Booth, a professor of media at DePaul University in Chicago. No one was finding viral success on MySpace for a hot take on a social issue — or for a biting rebuttal to someone who wrote about terrible teens. But many members of Gen Z have grown up in a time when defining yourself online as part of a group is part of the norm. They’ve witnessed online culture wars, and those I spoke with were aware that millennials have taken a beating in the past.”

Stats New Zealand: New tool for exploring wellbeing data

Stats New Zealand: New tool for exploring wellbeing data. “New Zealanders can explore how wellbeing has changed over time in a new interactive tool, Stats NZ said today. The wellbeing time series explorer allows people to compare selected wellbeing data from the 2014, 2016, and 2018 general social surveys (GSS). It can be used to produce data tables and graphs to show GSS results for different demographic groups in New Zealand, as well as changes in wellbeing over time.”