data

Data is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables. An example of qualitative data would be an anthropologist's handwritten notes about his or her interviews with indigenous people. Pieces of data are individual pieces of information. While the concept of data is commonly associated with scientific research, data is collected by a huge range of organizations and institutions, including businesses (e.g., sales data, revenue, profits, stock price), governments (e.g., crime rates, unemployment rates, literacy rates) and non-governmental organisations (e.g., censuses of the number of homeless people by non-profit organizations).

 

What is the effect of algorithms on our society? Intern Mark van Koningsveld did research with Tinder chatbots that put users in a box.

 

The privacy policies of none of 14 large tech companies, such as Facebook, Google or Amazon, meet the new European privacy law yet.

 

The Tada manifest forms the foundation of the new digital policy of the City of Amsterdam. Waag was one of the initiators and contributors.

 

What going on with 'deepfakes'? We're speaking with Jeanine Reutemann to see if there is a reason to worry here.

 

Elodie Mugrefya, intern at Waag, visited the Beyond Data event in Eindhoven and was surprised in many ways.

 

Tada! Data. They are a promise for life in the city. With data we can tackle major problems.

 

Stories about personal data - many of which may feature your own personal data - are hitting the headlines daily, from the Equifax data breach and hacking of T-Mobile, to the hundreds of pages of data stored by Tinder about each of its users.

 

How to enable journalists to gain insight in political influence networks by using open data? And how to allow journalists to research historical data on this subject? Clique is a journalistic research application to gain insight in the evolution of political networks.

 

A guest blog by Cira Pérez Barés about the 'We are data' event at Pakhuis de Zwijger. About the powerful force of data and sensory substitution.

 

The atlas of energy labels puts all buildings in The Netherlands and their respective energy labels on the map. Developers Bert Spaan and Taco van Dijk and project manager Job Spierings of Waag have developed the online interactive version.

 

Thanks to the challenge Open Data FWD, a lot of new mobility data became available for Amsterdam. Within this challenge, Waag and the DIVV Amsterdam are looking for open data applications that address urban mobility issues. Time for an update.

 

On Wednesday March 19th, twenty children between 8 and 12 years old participated in CryptoKids #2: a cryptoparty where we (Waag, Bits of Freedom and Network Democratie) try to explain the principles behind the Internet and of the importance of privacy to the children.

 

Put the settings of Facebook and WhatsApp together and you can easily conclude that this leads to an even greater insight and use of your personal data.