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.

August 14th, 2013


The NSA is Commandeering the Internet

It turns out that the NSA’s domestic and world-wide surveillance apparatus is even more extensive than we thought. Bluntly: The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we’ve learned, fight and lose. Others cooperate, either out of patriotism or because they believe it’s easier that way.

I have one message to the executives of those companies: fight.

Do you remember those old spy movies, when the higher ups in government decide that the mission is more important than the spy’s life? It’s going to be the same way with you. You might think that your friendly relationship with the government means that they’re going to protect you, but they won’t. The NSA doesn’t care about you or your customers, and will burn you the moment it’s convenient to do so.

We’re already starting to see that. Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others are pleading with the government to allow them to explain details of what information they provided in response to National Security Letters and other government demands. They’ve lost the trust of their customers, and explaining what they do — and don’t do — is how to get it back. The government has refused; they don’t care.

Read more. [Image: The Washington Post]

Reblogged from The Atlantic
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