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Hack Oregon: behind the curtain project.

Hack Oregon: behind the curtain project. A visual exploration of campaign finance. 

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Ads Paid for by Secret Money Flood the Midterm Elections

Ads Paid for by Secret Money Flood the Midterm Elections | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
More than half of the general election advertising aired by outside groups in the battle for control of Congress has come from organizations that disclose little or nothing about their donors.
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The contemporary flow of money in politics.

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Foreign Government Contributions to Nine Think Tanks

Foreign governments and state-controlled or state-financed entities have paid tens of millions of dollars to dozens of American think tanks in recent years, according to a New York Times investigation.
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Nice visualization of how the money flows to and from different groups and categories.

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There is only one major news site that both pro-Israelis and pro-Palestinians read

There is only one major news site that both pro-Israelis and pro-Palestinians read | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
One reason the views on the latest Israel-Hamas conflict are so polarized is that people on each side of the opinion divide get their news from different places. Few things illustrate this as well as the map above, compiled by Gilad Lotan, the chief data scientist at Betaworks, a New York startup incubator. The map depicts Twitter accounts...
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Nice use treatment of data to reveal social/political phenomena

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If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
America's National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of "targeted" individuals who've done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you've been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA's deep packet inspection rules.
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Training the model on humanity. How does the NSA sort through oceans of data and pick out individuals to look into more deeply? At least they're not measuring the lengths of our jaw bones and our index fingers.

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The US military is already using Facebook to track your mood

The US military is already using Facebook to track your mood | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
Critics have targeted a recent study on how emotions spread on the popular social network site Facebook, complaining that some 600,000 Facebook users did not know that they were taking part in an experiment. Somewhat more disturbing, the researchers deliberately manipulated users’ feelings to measure an effect called emotional contagion. Though Cornell University, home to at least...
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A broader history of experimenting on the public: functional assays on humanity

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Infographic: How Scientific Ideas Flow Around The World

Infographic: How Scientific Ideas Flow Around The World | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
Data-visualization wiz Moritz Stefaner reveals the remarkable interconnectedness of international research institutions.
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Visualizing the flow of ideas.

 

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Democratizing access to government data around the globe: what's our progress?

Democratizing access to government data around the globe: what's our progress? | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
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Open Data Index: a clearing house of summary stats for accessibility, and tasty links to the data.

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How to Make Government Data Sites Better

How to Make Government Data Sites Better | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
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It's not as easy as "Ok, here's the data, now analyze." After interacting with data from a range of sources, including NCBI, clinicaltrials.gov and the Oregon Secretary of State I can say there are ways to screw it up and ways to do it right.

 

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Five Ways to Lie with Charts - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus

Five Ways to Lie with Charts - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
A chart’s purpose is usually to help you properly interpret data. But sometimes, it does just the opposite. In the right (or wrong)…
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How many have you seen in the wild?

 

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Um, here’s an, uh, map that shows where Americans use “um” vs. “uh”

Um, here’s an, uh, map that shows where Americans use “um” vs. “uh” | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
Every language has filler words that speakers use in nervous moments or to buy time while thinking. Two of the most common of these in English are "uh" and "um." They might seem interchangeable, but data show that their usage break down across surprising geographic lines. Hmm. The map above shows a preliminary attempt to use the tremendous...
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Data vis!

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The Evolution of Slang

The Evolution of Slang | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
For a century and a half, The New York Times has been earnestly—and hilariously—defining topical terms. 
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Data mining fun

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What Do We Really Know About the Safety of E-Cigarettes?

What Do We Really Know About the Safety of E-Cigarettes? | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
Last week, I noticed two teenagers loitering outside an IKEA in New Haven, Connecticut, smoking. The only difference between now and what I might have seen five years ago was that the cigarettes we...
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E-cigarettes challenged by numbers

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Where Genocide Is Most Likely To Happen Next

Where Genocide Is Most Likely To Happen Next | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
One university team may have found a way to predict the world’s next genocides. By Ben Watson and Kedar Pavgi
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Modeling humans

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Tracking political spending on television ads just got easier | Poynter.

Tracking political spending on television ads just got easier | Poynter. | Palpable data : Implications of the data streaming around us. | Scoop.it
Create. Inform. Engage. | Journalism training, media news & how to's
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A glimmer of good news for transparency

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Steve Wozniak for Mayday.US - YouTube

Steve Wozniak, co-found of Apple, endorses Mayday.US, the citizen-funded, kick-started SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs. In this video he explains how, in order...
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Not exactly data, but rather, the fire behind data.

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A group working to deliver insight from political campaign finance data so that it's implications are accessible to the masses. In the interest of full disclosure, I work with this group.

Much to come in the next couple of months. We are gradually refining an interactive web interface for the data, rich with insightful visualizations.

 

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