Wi-Fi Can Be Dangerous: Three Ways To Avoid Getting Hacked

Fast Company last week brought home the issue of online privacy with a chilling piece on in-flight eavesdropping. It turns out that USA Today’s Steven Petrow, while working on a story on the Apple-FBI battle over iPhone access, “had been hacked mid-flight” over an American Airlines Wi-Fi system. A man seated behind him had read his emails as well as those of other passengers on the flight. The article doesn’t go into detail on how the man hacked into American’s Gogo Wi-Fi, but it’s not hard to guess what might have happened. More importantly, this incident is yet another wake-up call for being aware of this type of spying and to do something about it.


Research Desk: Weather Disasters, Population, ICT

Here’s a final Research Desk for 2015, with tips on “pinging” websites and new reports on world population, weather disasters, the information society, and more. As part of GIJN’s work to expand its Resource Center, we’ll be switching the Research Desk to a social media-based format in the new year. This will provide quicker and more regular tips, tools, and references for everyone. You can subscribe via Twitter here: @GIJNTools. Thanks for all the interest in 2015! Cool Tool: Is a Site Online and Accessible?

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Research Desk: Open Data Guides, Migration, Terrorism

Two new resources for accessing open data begin this Research Desk update. We’ve also included data-rich resources on migration and a special section on terrorism. Hope you find this update useful. Have a suggestion for The Research Desk? Email us here.


Research Desk: Violation Tracker, Road Safety, Biz Regs

We’re back with another Research Desk post. We’ve curated a collection of two new research databases and thirteen new or updated research reports. All of the resources listed and linked below are free to access and use.


Research Desk: Databases on Land, Nazis, African Mining

We’re back from the wonderful Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer with a new roundup of resources for you. Thanks to everyone who came to and shared the presentation I did there with Margot Williams of The Intercept, 100 Best Databases for Internet Research. You can find links to all the resources that Margot and I talked about in this post.


Research Desk: Eurostat, Data Repositories, New Reports

Here’s a new roundup of research tools and reports that we hope you find useful. Data Repositories
As the amount of publicly accessible data continues to expand rapidly the same can be said for places to store and access data sets. One place to find data sets are data repositories from the academic community and other research oriented organizations. re3data.org (Registry of Research Data Repositories) provides a searchable directory of data repositories from around the world. The repository can also be browsed by subject, content type, and country. Example: Data repositories in Canada.

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Research Desk: Data on Human Rights, Corruption, Terrorism

Time for a new collection of tools and reports. This week we’ve got a human rights database, file conversion for 208 formats, and nine new reports from research organizations, ranging from terrorism and corruption to European migration. Got a suggestion for The Research Desk? Write me at gprice@mediasourceinc.com.


Research Desk: Nuclear, Health Databases, New Int’l Reports

Time for a new collection of resources and research reports. Today’s roundup features two online databases — one on nuclear reactors, the other on health — and the latest international research reports from Brussels, London, and Washington. Global Health Facts from the Kaiser Family Foundation is an organized and frequently updated collection of browsable and searchable data.

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The Research Desk: The Latest Databases and Int’l Reports

It’s time for another roundup of resources and research reports that we’ve curated from around the web. Most of these selections are new on the web in the past few weeks. Several of the reports listed below are full of data including visualizations and can be thought of as reference tools for both current and future research.

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The Research Desk: Drones, Cool Tools, Green Companies

The latest tools and resources from the Research Desk: new world of drones databases available, reports from the European Parliament Research Service, Top Green Companies in the World 2015, a handy free extension to download entire pages or individual files, and more.