China’s DNA Database, AirBnb & Racial Discrimination, DriveSeg, Police Force, Price Of Stolen Data and Data Storytelling

This week we begin with a New York Times article on China collecting genetic samples of 700 million male citizens to create a database for enhancing its surveillance capabilities. The next piece is about how Airbnb dealt with racial discrimination experienced by hosts and guests alike. The following article talks about DriveSeg, a dataset released by MIT and Toyota to accelerate research in self-driving vehicles. Next, we cover a story about an FBI database, launched to track the use of police force, in which only 40% of the police participated. Then we have an article about the estimated price of stolen data such as driving licenses, bank statements, etc., on the dark web. Lastly, we have included a video by Harvard Business Review in which Scott Berinato, author of “Good Charts” and “Good Charts Workbook”, talks about 3 essential steps of storytelling through data visualizations.

China Is Collecting DNA  From Tens Of Millions Of Men And Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

The police in China are collecting blood samples from men and boys from across the country to build a genetic map of its roughly 700 million males, giving the authorities a powerful new tool for their emerging high-tech surveillance state.

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What data experiments tell us about racial discrimination on Airbnb

“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” That’s the caption from a 1993 New Yorker cartoon by Peter Steiner, spoken by one dog seated at a computer to another dog. The cartoon spoke volumes about the perceived anonymity that had come to define large swaths of the early internet.

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MIT and Toyota release innovative dataset to accelerate autonomous driving research

How can we train self-driving vehicles to have a deeper awareness of the world around them? Can computers learn from past experiences to recognize future patterns that can help them safely navigate new and unpredictable situations?

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FBI launched database on police use of force last year, but only 40 percent of police participated

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order calling for, among other things, the establishment of a database on police use of force. On Wednesday, Senate Republicans included a similar provision in their own reform bill. But the FBI already has such a database — and so far a majority of police are not participating in it.

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How much is your data worth on the dark web?

Credit card details, online banking logins, and social media credentials are available on the dark web at worryingly low prices, according to Privacy Affairs.

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Telling Stories with Data in 3 Steps

You know right away when you see an effective chart or graphic. It hits you with an immediate sense of its meaning and impact. But what actually makes it clearer, sharper, and more effective? In this video, Scott Berinato, author of “Good Charts” and “Good Charts Workbook”, walks through the three essential ingredients of any story–including those told with data.

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