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Can't Find Women for Your Tech Conference?

November 1, 2013 Verily: What problem can’t be solved with a PowerPoint presentation? Need to introduce a new iPhone, convey the importance of the law to a room full of dolor executives, or communicate how your governmental agency spies on an American company? There’s a deck for that, that, and that. So a...

90% of Wikipedia's Editors Are Male

October 28, 2013 Wikipedia is like little else in history. Relied on by students, scholars, journalists, and citizens, it’s one of the top 10 websites in the world and the not-so-hidden base of much of our informational infrastructure. It’s also the product of ridiculous inequality. To wit: It’s estimated that 90 percent of...

What Does It Mean for the U.S. to 'Lose Control of the Internet?'

October 17, 2013 Is the U.S. losing control of the Internet? That’s how some are interpreting a statement released in October by 10 organizations central to the Internet’s operation. “With striking unanimity, the organizations that actually develop and administer Internet standards and resources initiated a break with three decades of U.S. dominance of...

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The Shutdown Will Slowly Reduce Our Weather Preparedness

October 8, 2013 On Monday afternoon, a line of storms hundreds of miles long crossed the Appalachians and struck cities on the Eastern seaboard. Earlier that day, tornado watch was issued, stretching from New York City to Washington, D.C., that lasted until 5 p.m.; broadcasts and web journalists picked up the news and...

By Tuesday Afternoon Almost 3 Million People Had Visited Healthcare.Gov

October 2, 2013 Early Tuesday, government websites winked out. Ruled “inessential,” their numbers included the Library of Congress, NASA, and PandaCam. But one turned on: Healthcare.Gov. The website, a key component of the Affordable Care Act, guides people through the process of buying health insurance. As commentators have pointed out, the site’s design...

How the Shutdown Will Affect One Quiet, Crucial Set of Satellites

October 1, 2013 Not all of the programs operated by the U.S. government are household names, like Social Security or “Obamacare.” But some, even if little-known, are world-historic in scope and vision. One of these is the Landsat program. Since 1972, the Landsat program has collected satellite data about the surface of the...

The Government May Have Made the Greatest GIF of All Time

September 27, 2013 The U.S. Census Bureau works with a lot of data. That makes sense, because they have a lot of data! So they need a tool to collate it, organize it, sort through it, sniff through it… a weasel-like tool… a… Federated Electronic Research Review Extraction and Tabulation Tool. A Data...

'The First Time a Tumblr Has Been Used in an Argument in a Supreme Court Brief'

September 26, 2013 On October 8, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The case centers on whether aggregate limits on donations to campaigns are constitutional, an extension of the legal logic behind the infamous Citizens United decision. Before the Court hears arguments, though, the justices will have...

One Map, A World of Temperatures

September 9, 2013 When people talk about Big Data, they often talk in terms of Messianic solutions for economy-size systems. Roads and highways. Diagnoses and treatments. Buyers and sellers. But some of the most interesting work being done with data addresses a different kind of complex system. The information for this system is...

NASA Gets an Instagram Account

September 6, 2013 NASA has an Instagram account. Oh, yes: Now, between pictures of cats, lunches, friends, and your friend’s cat’s lunch, you can view space photography. Today the account has declared a moon theme, and, accordingly, it has posted: A picture of the moon from the Earth. A picture of the moon,...