How a new way of parsing COVID-19 data began to show the breadth of health gaps between Blacks and whites

Getting the real answers on health gaps requires a deep dive into the demographics.

David R. Buys, State Health Specialist and Associate Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  big-data  pandemic  mississippi  health-disparities  demographics  population-data

Fitness tracker data could predict your marathon performance – new research

Training data collected by fitness trackers may be useful to predict marathon performance

Barry Smyth, Professor of Computer Science, University College Dublin • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: big-data marathon endurance-sports fitness-trackers

High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

Police forces across the country now have access to surveillance technologies that were recently available only to national intelligence services. The digitization of bias and abuse of power followed.

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Professor of Law, American University • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: protest policing big-data facial-recognition surveillance police predictive-analytics george-floyd big-brother civil-liberties black-lives-matter police-reform racial-justice

We're measuring online conversation to track the social and mental health issues surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic

America's news reports and social media chatter open a window into the nation's psyche. An AI-based text analysis of these words shows that the coronavirus is driving up familiar social ills.

Amit Sheth, Founding Director, Artificial Intelligence Institute, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression big-data pandemic social-distancing alcoholism new-coronavirus research-brief domestic-violence drug-addiction

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