The Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard has enjoyed a partnership with IQSS dating back to 2009, enabling the lab to leverage the expertise of IQSS’s administrative teams to bring new collaborators into the organization from all over the world and secure funding from a variety of external sources, including NASA, Schwab Charitable, and the Linux Foundation.
With the long history of systemic racism within the United States criminal justice system, how are the data algorithms it uses affected by racist and prejudicial assumptions? Listen to this conversation with faculty affiliate Latanya Sweeney, director of the Data Privacy Lab at IQSS, about the potential for bias in data algorithms use in the justice system.
Does partisanship affect whether you prepare for the pandemic? In Indonesia, it depends on where you live
The last year in the United States has shown how strong an effect partisan politics can have on the public's response to a pandemic—but do we see similar behavior in other democracies? In his study of Indonesian politics, IQSS graduate affiliate Seth Soderborg noticed familiar dynamics taking shape around the pandemic and partisan thinking.
Helping Treat Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa
Professor Caroline Buckee worked with the IQSS Data Science Services team to analyze cell phone data from 15 million individuals over the course of a year to track the spread of malaria. The data analysis detailed the movement of individuals through sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to track the spread of malaria and recognize the origin of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, which informs the individuals and organizations in Africa who can provide tools to prevent further spread of the disease.