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Who Owns the Future? : The Tyranny of Dead Labor in the Digital Age

Posted: May 5, 2014 at 10:58 am   /   Book Review, Technology

J. Patrick Zubin, a second-year MA student at SAIS, discusses the effects of automation on the information economy and labor in this book review of Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?”

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So Long, Solow: The Case for Teaching Agile Global Development

Posted: May 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm   /   Development, Economics, Technology

In his forthcoming article for the SAIS Review, Aniket Bhushan writes: “Much of the data we rely on in international affairs and international development research and analysis is fraught with problems, and is so slow that it is almost a historical caricature by the time it is published, barely descriptive about the present, let alone insightful about the future.” Senior Editor Lauren Caldwell argues that the field of international development should embrace real-time data analysis, and reject the lagging indicators that characterize traditional economic development models.

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False Positives and Spurious Correlations: An Interview with Professor Mark White

Posted: April 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm   /   Economics, From the Editors, Interview, Politics, Security

What’s wrong with big data? Is its use causing more mistakes? Professor Mark White discusses the negative implications of the newest trend in research with SAIS Review Assistant Editor Kyle Johnson.

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The Big Data Backlash: News Roundup, March 31 – April 7

Posted: April 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm   /   Economics, From the Editors, Law, Politics, Security

All big ideas face a backlash: big data is no different. This week, we’re exploring common criticisms of the use of big data.

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Open Government Data Fuels Private Sector Innovation: Data Jams, Hackathons and Datapaloozas

Posted: March 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm   /   Energy & Environment, Review Issues, Technology

What happens when you put dozens of energy specialists, technology experts and government policymakers in a room? Senior Editor Lauren Caldwell discusses open government data initiatives — including datapaloozas, data jams and hackathons — with a Department of Energy Presidential Innovation Fellow.

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