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Politics

Panama Papers, 'pirates,' and an argument for how (some) data leaks can make the world a better place

Where does privacy end and accountability to society begin? The Panama Papers are only the latest massive data dump to add fuel to the fire of that debate. Smari McCarthy, a long-time information activist and innovator, and cofounder of Iceland's Pirate Party, helped process the Panama Papers, as chief technology officer for the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project. He argues that in a world of increasingly concentrated power and wealth, more transparency and direct democracy are needed to right the balance.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Science, Tech & Environment

Study shows US could convert its economy to renewable energy without battery breakthrough

For years, the knock against renewable energy has been that it doesn't work because it's intermittent. So research has centered on how to store the energy for future use. Now a new study from NOAA suggests the US could quickly convert to wind and solar power without waiting for battery storage technology to catch up.