Boston plans to use data and analytics to help improve operations, better measure performance and increase efficiency under a forthcoming initiative called CityScore. A single number is issued daily, measuring how the city is meeting its goals on a variety…
By Laura Santhanam and Megan Crigger
Following this week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the PBS NewsHour analyzed news reports of 354 shootings where at least four people were killed or wounded to understand where and when gun violence erupts in America.
By PBS NewsHour
Since 2012, an innovative project in Louisville, Kentucky, has been collecting data on hundreds of the city's asthmatics by attaching GPS trackers to their inhalers to help residents better manage their asthma, monitor air pollution and shape future public health…
By Carey Reed and Andrew Mach
The breakthrough could lead to the creation of digital archives, storing everything from ancient texts to Wikipedia pages in DNA form that could survive for hundreds of thousands of years without the loss of any data.
By PBS NewsHour
High-tech maps may help researchers understand and predict disease outbreaks like malaria, an illness that kills between 600,000 and 1 million people each year. Scientists have begun using temperatures, rainfall patterns and other data to better target areas most at…
By Colleen Shalby
A new report from Pew Research Center shows that a majority of Americans don’t trust the government, but plenty use its open data -- often without knowing they’re doing so.
By Laura Santhanam
Despite what conventional wisdom may suggest, new research has revealed that people tend to be more willing to trust others as they age.
By Anne Flaherty, Associated Press
Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House has drafted legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information.
By Kyla Calvert Mason
Earlier this month, students and parents in Washington, D.C. and Miami learned that massive amounts of student information gathered by schools had been compromised or stolen. In Miami, a man was arrested with students’ names, social security numbers…
By Rebecca Jacobson, Inside Energy
Out of an anonymous set of credit card data from millions of people, how easily can you find one person? Very easily, it turns out.
Support Provided By: Learn more