Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2014

Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are

While the U.S. continues to address the international fallout from the National Security Agency revelations, a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts reveals a different kind of wiretapping: a list of where federal and state judges have authorized law enforcement to listen to phone communications as part of criminal investigations throughout 2013.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2014

Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them

The Pew Research Center recently released a library user quiz sorting Americans into different typologies based on how they use and view libraries. Here are the results.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2014

CDC: Two of every five U.S. households have only wireless phones

Two of every five U.S. households have no landline phones, but the growth rate of cord-cutting slowed last year.

Fact Tank Jul. 2, 2014

Facebook’s experiment causes a lot of fuss for little result

The controversy over what the Facebook researchers did may be overshadowing other important discussions, specifically conversations about what they really found—not much, actually—and the right and wrong way to think about and report findings based on statistical analyses of Big Data.

Fact Tank Jun. 30, 2014

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research.

Fact Tank Jun. 11, 2014

Can Twitter survive in a Facebook world? The key is being different

In November 2010, 8% of online adults used the platform. As of January 2014, 19% of online adults were using Twitter.

Fact Tank May. 19, 2014

32 years ago, experts foresaw much of today’s digital world

In 1982, researchers studying the impact of nascent electronic-information services predicted much of what has since become commonplace.

Fact Tank May. 6, 2014

Proposed law would clarify who gets access to a deceased person’s digital accounts

The Uniform Law Commission, a body of lawyers who produce uniform legislation for states to adopt, recently drafted the “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (FADA),” which would grant fiduciaries broad authority to access and control digital assets and accounts.

Fact Tank Apr. 23, 2014

Americans keen on space exploration, less so on paying for it

Americans are consistently more likely to say that the U.S. spends too much on space exploration than too little.

Fact Tank Apr. 21, 2014

Men more optimistic than women about future technological changes

There are some striking differences between women and men in their hopes and fears about the future.