#ThisWeekInData November 5, 2021

MIT News: Exploring the human stories behind the data

This article outlines the work of MIT senior Brian Williams, who is working to visualize and humanize the people behind incarceration, voting, and vaccine data. Between his work on humanizing data and his expertise in bio-engineering, Williams hopes to influence how scientists and policy-makers understand issues like vaccine hesitancy and medical misinformation in Black communities, in order to ultimately affect more informed system changes.

Yale School of the Environment: Near Total Loss of Historical Lands Leaves Indigenous Nations in the US More Vulnerable to Climate Change 

A new study from Yale University outlines and visualizes an unfortunate truth long known to Indigenous North American communities; over 98 percent of their historic tribal lands have been lost through dispossession and seizure. This study connects the loss of land to climate change and natural disasters, and the disproportionate impact they’re having on Native Americans with an eye to using this data and mapping to influence environmental justice policy.  

Government Technology: Micromobility Advocates Unveil Data Privacy Principles

A group of mobility, data, and transparency experts from the private, public, academic, and nonprofit sectors have revealed seven new principles to guide how micromobility companies and local governments should prioritize privacy for users. The key principles emphasize transparency and communication, building user trust, and de-identifying trip data.

State Tech Magazine: Smart Cities Connect: Regional North Carolina Coalition Shares Flood Data 

Natural disasters don’t follow boundaries, and as storms become worse due to climate change, local governments are rewriting how they share data and conduct planning on the municipal level. In North Carolina, a coalition of local governments is leading the way in data collection and sharing in order to mitigate regional floodwater damage.