MIT researchers release the Synthetic Data Vault, a set of open-source tools meant to expand data access without compromising privacy.
Oct. 16, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence data research laboratory-for-information-and-decision-systems-lids edx mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing
Some bees are born curious while others are more single-minded – new research hints at how the hive picks which flowers to feast on
New research suggests individual bees are born with one of two learning styles – either curious or focused. Their genetic tendency has implications for how the hive works together.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: genetics insects bees biology food colonies communication group-dynamics drones queen-bees information curiosity foraging nectar
MIT researchers reveal inadequacies in current battery models.
Sept. 21, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: energy research wind batteries laboratory-for-information-and-decision-systems-lids mit-energy-initiative energy-storage mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing
Street vendors make cities livelier, safer and fairer – here's why they belong on the post-COVID-19 urban scene
After trying to remove street vendors from its cities for years, China is supporting them to help jump-start its economy. An urban scholar explains why other cities should do the same.
July 8, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: cities covid-19 china immigrants informal-economy jobs new-york-city urban-policy farmers-markets postpandemic-future markets
Annual MITEI awards support research on battery storage, smart grids, and carbon emissions reduction.
June 30, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: funding architecture research school-of-engineering faculty laboratory-for-information-and-decision-systems-lids civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering grants eaps electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing
Isolat, a volunteer collaboration organized by the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, informs coronavirus policy by analyzing data associated with the pandemic.
May 15, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: machine-learning covid-19 pandemic policy statistics data research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering technology-and-society laboratory-for-information-and-decision-systems-lids eaps analytics aeronautics-and-astronautics electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs technology-and-policy mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing systems and-society institute-for-data statistics-and-data-science-center
Women are underrepresented in technology fields, but especially so in cybersecurity. It's not just a matter of fairness. Women are better than men at key aspects of keeping the internet safe.
May 15, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: cybersecurity gender women stem computer-security recruitment information-technology gender-bias hiring
Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 22, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: retail covid-19 inequality consumer-behaviour informal-sector panic-buying
Many informal workers will not be able to take the precautions that health authorities suggest.
March 22, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus informal-sector kenya informal-economy
A scholar who has reviewed the efforts of nations around the world to protect their citizens from foreign interference says there is no magic solution, but there's plenty to learn and do.
March 20, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: european-union-eu spain twitter europe facebook deepfakes disinformation misinformation australia india france new-zealand indonesia russia united-kingdom malaysia information-warfare social-media-and-democracy russian-information-warfare christchurch-call
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