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Posted by | June 30, 2020
Time for the Federal Government and Commercial Tech to Step Up, Not Back

By Ian Allen Reading Vice President Mike Pence’s optimistic Coronavirus op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, “There Will Be No Second Wave,” reminded me of President Bush’s Mission Accomplished banner...

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Posted by | June 2, 2020
Spikes in Movement on Memorial Day

The first major US holiday of the summer season, Memorial Day, came with major spikes in gathering across the US.

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Posted by | May 14, 2020
COVID-19, Choices, War

Much has been made of our war footing – our War on COVID-19; our sacrifices, our mobilization (or lack thereof) of national resources, our state and federal leaders and the...

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Posted by | May 8, 2020
Hope and Science

I’ve been thinking a lot about hope this week. It’s hard, when we’re looking at the numbers of infected and the impact on the economy to have a lot of...

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Posted by | May 1, 2020
Policy and Precedent, Again

COVID-19 isn’t a slow-motion train wreck – it feels faster than that (what day is it?).  Maybe it’s a half-speed wreck: slow enough to watch, to intervene, but you still...

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Posted by | April 24, 2020
The Plural of Anecdote

Whether data is or is not “the plural of anecdote” is all in the analysis.  Numbers alone are not a narrative.  Or worse, (as in the other data aphorism) if...

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Posted by | April 22, 2020
Good Friction

Product design is usually predicated on the idea that we want users to be able to, with the simplest interaction possible, take action. Our definitions of usability are frequently driven...

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Posted by | April 18, 2020
Differential Privacy

Last time, we talked broadly about privacy and we used the term “differential privacy.” I first heard about this idea several years ago and I’ve been fascinated by how the...

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Posted by | April 17, 2020
Protecting Individual Privacy

Protecting individual privacy is critical to all of us at Camber Systems as we continue supporting the larger efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We want to protect against...

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Posted by | April 16, 2020
On Entropy and Radius of Gyration

In our dashboard, we focused on two metrics that are extremely useful, driven by human mobility, and, for most people who don’t live and breathe this stuff, wonderfully obscure. Let’s...

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