Inside the War Over 5G Equipment in Northern California
It's not just that 5G requires a lot of gear that can inspire NIMBY-ism from locals, it's also that some people really don't like it when they see it.
The EPA's Internal Watchdog Warns of Discrepancies in Data on Chemical Releases
The EPA's Office of Inspector General issued an emergency alert on Monday warning about data discrepancies concerning toxic chemical releases.
Where Does Antitrust Law Fit in When Consumer Privacy Is at Stake?
A landmark decision in Germany's antitrust authority determined that Facebook could not combine data from its other entities without user consent.
Researchers Create First Evidence-Based Map of Asian Elephant Populations
A Sri Lankan research team used a series of interviews over a four-year period to create a country-wide distribution map of the endangered species.
How the Shutdown Cost the Government Essential Economic Data
During the partial government shutdown, a lot of economic data simply wasn't collected, which will result in gaps in what we know about the state of our economy.
How Do We Count Immigrants' Use of Public Services?
As the Trump administration prepares to officialize a rule penalizing immigrants for using public services, debate emerges over how we look at the data.
The Importance of Accessibility in Data Visualizations
As big data rises in prominence, it's time to consider turning quantitative data into a qualitative experience for those with a temporary or permanent loss of sight.
Should There Be a Global Blueprint for How Governments Handle Biometric Data?
A recent court decision in India could provide some guidelines, but every solution should be based on an individual country's needs, demographics, and history.
How to Keep the Internet of Things From Killing Us All
Author Bruce Schneier warns about the coming hyper-networked world where all your devices are talking to each other.
Rural Americans Suffer the Costs of Faulty FCC Broadband Data
A recent vote further damages the government's ability to accurately study the nation's access to broadband—and it could damage the 2020 census.
Inside the Effort to Preserve Migratory Bird Habitat in Central California
Concerned citizens, scientists, and conservation groups have joined forces to protect what stopover spots remain for birds migrating from South America to the Arctic.
Some of the Best Data on Human Behavior Is Privately Held by Social Media Companies
How can universities convince them to share that information?
Uncovering Disparities in Policing by Analyzing Traffic Stop Data
A conversation with professor Frank Baumgartner, who led a research team that analyzed every North Carolina police stop since 2002.
Dispatches: What You Need to Know About Facebook and Cambridge Analytica
News and notes from Pacific Standard staff and contributors.
Facebook Is Planning on Turning Its Data Over to Social Scientists. Should Users Trust the Project?
We spoke with social-science ethicists about how well Facebook's initiative appears to protect users' privacy. They're skeptical, but still eager to see Facebook data studied.
How Unreliable Data Leads to the Undercounting of Cybercrime
Until we find more certainty regarding how cybersecurity statistics are reported, we won't be to able to fully understand the scope of the problem.
Crowdsourcing Data to Track How Rising Seas Affect King Tide Flooding
After collecting thousands of data points from a crowdsourced initiative, the Virginia Institute for Marine Science created maps that will improve regional flooding predictions.
How Data Sharing Is Stopping Illegal Fishing in the Indian Ocean
A collection of East African nations are working together to curb the economically and environmentally harmful practice.
The Embarrassing State of U.S. Maternal Health-Care Data
It has gotten to the point that no official count of pregnancy-related deaths in this country or official maternal mortality rate even exists.