How Did Snowden Change Search Behavior? New Research Shows, More Than You Might Think

by Alex Marthews on March 21, 2014

A new empirical research paper I have coauthored with Catherine Tucker of MIT-Sloan examines the question of how Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations have shifted the way people search for information on the Internet. We look at Google searches in the US and its top ten trading partners during 2013. We identify a roughly 5% drop […]

“Time to Get Smart on Crime”: New Report Pans Massachusetts’ Criminal Justice Practices

by Alex Marthews on March 26, 2013

The Boston Globe is publicizing a new report from Community Resources for Justice and MassInc, focusing on Massachusetts’ unexpectedly draconian and wasteful criminal justice policies. We heartily recommend that you read the whole thing, but here are the striking take-aways. We are spending 6% more on incarceration than we are spending on education. Low-level drug […]

By 2020, Cellphones Will Be Able To Track You Inside Buildings Too

by Alex Marthews on December 21, 2012

Science Daily reports that one of the technological limitations on cellphones’ tracking capabilities is about to be lifted. A research team led by Professor Dong-Soo Han of the Department of Computer Science at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a way of locating cellphones using their WiFi fingerprints to within 10 […]