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Commentary: Using big data to prepare for the fiscal cliff and beyond

December 20, 2012 Deeper analysis would allow agency leaders to more effectively influence the outcome of budget cuts.

The best open data releases of 2012

December 19, 2012 Useful tools, maps, and data visualizations all made the list.

A new NASA image of North Korea’s lack of electrical infrastructure

December 19, 2012 The agency's Suomi NPP spacecraft reveals the country's energy bankruptcy.

You can download your entire Twitter history now

December 19, 2012 Twitter will roll out the archiving option over the coming weeks and months.

What big space data looked like in 1962

December 14, 2012 Fifty years ago, we recorded the learnings of our space explorers with paper scrolls.

Immigration officials struggle with identity management – and mismanagement

December 14, 2012 As the cache of personal data grows, so does the risk that con artists will exploit it for financial gain and federal authorities will misuse it.

Google nails the timing on its iOS Maps release

December 13, 2012 The tech giant released the app the same week that Apple maps made headlines for leading users astray.

Big changes coming to Facebook's privacy controls

December 13, 2012 The company is trying to make users feel more in control of their posts, all in the name of getting people to share more (and more!).

DOT wants to mandate black boxes for cars

December 12, 2012 Car crash data could be a big data boon for government.

One man is now tweeting every known U.S. drone strike

December 12, 2012 The social media experiment shows the size of the drone program.