April 15th, 2014
18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information. That’s an increase from the 11% who reported personal information theft in July 2013.
21% of online adults said they had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.The same number reported this experience in a July 2013 survey.
April 11th, 2014
Reblogged from Life and Code
April 11th, 2014


How we mapped the U.S.-Mexico border fence

CIR journalists spent more than three years trying to obtain accurate, detailed mapping data showing the location of the border fence system. 

The result: We now have what is – as far as we know – the most complete and detailed map of the border fence that is publicly available.

Our Senior News Applications Developer Michael Corey explains how we did it.

March 20th, 2014
The recent boom in “data-driven” journalism projects is exciting. It can elevate our knowledge, enliven statistics, and make us all more numerate. But I worry that data give commentary a false sense of authority since data analysis is inherently prone to bias.
January 14th, 2014


Top 10 Tips for Data Visualisation by JISC infoNet

  • Helping with the analysis of information to present it in a way that allows people to discover…

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Reblogged from Life and Code
December 30th, 2013
There are a lot more stories to come, a lot more documents that will be covered. It’s important that we understand what it is we’re publishing, so what we say about them is accurate.
August 29th, 2013
Reblogged from Talking To Strangers
August 27th, 2013

Facebook complies with 79 percent of data requests from governments worldwide


  • 38k the number of data requests on users that Facebook has fielded from governments around the world—74 in total—in the first half of 2013. The company said that the U.S. made the most requests, and that they offered data in 79 percent of cases. source

Reblogged from ShortFormBlog
August 16th, 2013


Big Washington Post scoop: 

The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times every year since 2008, according to an internal audit provided by Edward Snowden

Here is the entire NSA audit detailing the agency’s thousands of privacy violations.

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