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Following on yesterday's post about software for campaigns and policymaking, a 2014 paper by David Nickerson and Todd Rogers breaks down the statistical methods and modeling techniques that sophisticated data analysts employ in political campaigns today. 
Looking through SSRN this morning, I came across a paper by David Nickerson (Notre Dame) and Todd Rogers (Harvard), "Political Campaigns and Big Data" (February 2014). It's a nice follow-up to yesterday's post about the softw...
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Wondering what all of this Section 215 expiration talk means? It's hard to explain in a few sentences, but +Electronic Frontier Foundation put together a video that does a good job of explaining what it means, how we got here, and what happens next. 
On June 1, Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act is set to expire. This is a critical moment in an effort to reform and modernize government surveillance frameworks in the United States. But it's difficult to explain how we got ...
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Google's open source research lead and M-Lab expert Meredith Whittaker walks through data uncovered by M-Lab researchers that explains why so many people in the US experienced nationwide Internet performance slowdowns last year. It's all about interconnections between service providers.
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Excerpts from an awesome article on The New Inquiry by +An Xiao Mina about the "sneakernet," a concept that addresses the nuances of connectivity and the myriad social methods through which people exchange culture, access, and information.
In March, internet researcher and designer An Xiao Mina published a fascinating piece on The New Inquiry about "the sneakernet," a concept that addresses the nuances of connectivity and the myriad social methods through which...
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A quick look at some cool policy-oriented data visualizations from Central and Eastern Europe, courtesy of the Think Tank Funds at the Open Society Foundations. 
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In an event at Brookings earlier this week, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley walked through some of the ways that the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland have used data to make strategic policy decisions. Watch the video of his talk here. 
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A look at new approaches to data-driven policymaking that are changing the way policymakers understand and engage their constituencies. 
Last month, a number of news outlets wrote about a startup called Quorum. Winner of the 2014 Harvard Innovation Challenge's McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Social Enterprise, Quorum has ...
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Andy White of +RNIB discusses the UK's Disability Confident initiative and shares data on the realities of partially sighted and blind citizens in the UK labor force. 
Andy White is Employment and Working Age Manager in the Evidence & Service Impact Section at RNIB. Current UK government policy to improve employment opportunities for disabled people is based on the government’s Disability C...
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Michael Curri of Strategic Networks Group writes about new data on the the "rural digital divide" and the impact of utilization gaps.   +SNGroupVideo 
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+Casey Rae of the +Future of Music Coalition writes about the RIAA's latest report and what some of the data within says about music industry's ongoing transition to the modern digital world. 
Casey Rae is CEO of the Future of Music Coalition. Last week, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) published its report on recorded music industry revenue in 2014. There are plenty of interesting data to consi...
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Do you have great examples of data-driven policy initiatives at the national or international level? Researchers at the +Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford are collecting examples of innovative data-driven policy pilots or implementations at the national and international levels until March 25. The examples will be used in a study commissioned by the European Commission. Click through to the post for details and contact info. 
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Oxera's David Jevons writes about new research on the impact of Internet intermediary liability regimes on global start-ups.  
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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.