Tagged: Data

Psychographics: the behavioural analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters’ minds - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 29, 2018

Michael Wade, IMD Business School This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The dealings that have been revealed between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have all the trappings of a Hollywood thriller: a Bond villain-style CEO, a reclusive billionaire, a naïve and conflicted whistle-blower, a hipster data scientist turned politico, an academic … Read More

Your online privacy depends as much on your friends’ data habits as your own - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 28, 2018

Vincent Mitchell, University of Sydney; Andrew Stephen, University of Oxford, and Bernadette Kamleitner, Vienna University of Economics and Business This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In the aftermath of revelations about the alleged misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica, many social media users are … Read More

China’s quest for techno-military supremacy - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 08, 2018

Adam Ni, Australian National University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to transform China’s military into the world’s most powerful force by 2050. And he could be on track to do it. On the opening day of its National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday, … Read More

Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 09, 2018

Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world. But this threat … Read More

No, we have no GM tomatoes - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Feb 08, 2018

No sooner have I written a post about the synergy between FB and blogging then it happens again 🙂 Again, hat-tip to Yvette d’Entremont, who posted a link to an article purporting to tell consumers how to distinguish between GM and ‘regular’ tomatoes. The writer of that article certainly wears their heart on their sleeve – just look … Read More

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 31, 2018

Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The United States and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in domestic affairs. Russia has annexed territory over U.S. Read More

Anti-fluoridation campaigners often use statistical significance to confirm bias - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 06, 2017

Frankly, these days I just get turned off by media reports of studies showing statistically significant relationships as evidence for or against the latest health or other fads. I was pleased to read this Nature article – Five ways to fix statistics – recently as it mirrors my concern at the way statistical analysis is sometimes used to justify or confirm a bias and not … Read More

OIA Accessibility - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Nov 20, 2017

The Official Information Act has an accessibility problem. I wrote recently about asking the government for information, having just published a guide to using the OIA. The OIA is a powerful tool, but it can be limited by how government agencies choose to follow it. One particular limitation that comes up, again and again, … Read More

Asking the government for information - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Oct 31, 2017

You have the right to ask the government for information. Because of a law called the Official Information Act (OIA), they’re obliged to give it to you unless there is a good reason not to. You’ve likely seen the OIA mentioned in the news. Phrases like “Documents released to [news outlet] under the Official Information Act” can often be found … Read More

Flaw and porkie in anti-fluoride report claiming a flaw in Canadian study - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 19, 2017

 Anti-fluoride campaigners have launched another attack on a Canadian fluoridation cessation study. They claim it is flawed – but there is a huge flaw in their own critique. Anti-fluoride group, Fluoride Action Network, ironically stamps their own critique of the Calgary fluoridation cessation study as “debunked.” I discussed their original attack in February last year (see Anti-fluoridationist’s flawed attacks on … Read More