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The team at Google has updated the global broadband pricing study once again—just in time for the holidays! 
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New post today from several staff members at +826 Valencia on combining qualitative indicators and quantitative evaluation to measure student progress in writing. 
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A repost from the +Research at Google blog about how information sharing among ISPs can help shape best practices and improve network connectivity. 
Andreas Terzis is a Software Engineer at Google. This post originally appeared on the Google Research Blog. As Internet traffic has grown and changed, Google and other content and application providers have worked cooperative...
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Reposting a piece from +Research at Google on an advance in preserving data validity. This methodology could have incredible impact in using data to inform our understanding the impact of public policy.
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Sharing a post that +Ryan Swanstrom wrote for +DataKind about how a DC-based project to map youth poverty and well-being has inspired and technically enabled a chain of similar projects in other parts of the world, all with the goal improving the lives of young people. 
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A new study from Leviathan takes a look at the cost of data localization for local businesses, complete with a visualization that lets you compare costs in different regions. 
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Reposting a piece by Joshua New at the Center for Data Innovation on algorithms and bias. 
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. Reposted from CDI's blog. Bias in big data. Automated discrimination. Algorithms that erode civil liberties. These are some of the fears that the White House, ...
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Reposting a piece by Hannah Walker from the +Food Marketing Institute's blog on the ways organizations are using data to minimize grocers' food waste and help feed the hungry. 
Hannah Walker is Director of Government Relations at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Reposted with permission from FMI's blog. We have all heard the concerning statistics regarding the amount of food going to waste in the...
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Excerpt from a super interesting piece on +GOOD.IS about the potential for data-driven suicide prevention. 
Earlier this week, GOOD Magazine published an interesting piece by Mark Hay on suicide prevention titled "Can Big Data Help Us Fight Rising Suicide Rates?" The part of the article that talks about data-driven prevention start...
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Denise Linn at +Smart Chicago shares findings from her research on high speed internet access, cities, and the digital divide. The National League of Cities, in partnership with Google Fiber, will host a webinar on August 6 for city governments who want to learn more about tools and practices to bolster digital inclusion efforts. 
Denise Linn conducted this research as an MPP Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently a Program Analyst at the Smart Chicago Collaborative. With the rise of coalitions like Next Century Cities and Gig.U and ...
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Miriam Young of +DataKind writes about two projects that came out of DataKind Bangalore's first DataDive: Digital Green and IChangeMyCity/Janaagraha.
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New post from Guarav Gupta, Dalberg's Regional Director for Asia, on a new study that shows the economic and social value that "smart maps" bring to urban development. 
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Thoughts on data-driven decision-making, policymaking, and innovation from Google and friends. Please note that because we have guest bloggers and cover such a wide range of issues, the thoughts expressed on PBTN and on this page do not necessarily reflect Google’s views.