Media Lab team tops Fragile Families Challenge

A team of researchers from the Human Dynamics research group at the MIT Media Lab has won first place in three categories in the Fragile Families Challenge (FFC). The contest is based on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, which followed thousands of...

Scientists are analyzing your tweets and FB posts: Is it ethical?

Did you know researchers are reading and analyzing your tweets and Facebook posts in the name of science? If so, how do you feel about it? If you feel unsettled, what would make you feel better? What’s legal and what’s not in the age of big-data research? And even if...
Why Data Science Argues against a Muslim Ban

Why Data Science Argues against a Muslim Ban

Let’s not lose our scientific minds. As the White House’s travel ban maneuvers toward the U.S. Supreme Court for possible approval, let’s take a scientific look at whether it makes sense for security. Does data support the ban’s underlying supposition that disallowing...