Are the actions by data vigilantes to identify people who participated in the January 6th attack on the US Captiol permissible or laudable? Do we need more of them? Or, is law enforcement the only type of organization with the authority to engage in such activities under the 4th Amendment?

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Following the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, law enforcement quickly arrested dozens of protestors. How? The participants’ widespread use of social media to document and share their experiences provided an overwhelming amount of readily-available information for federal investigators to comb through and use to identify the rioters.


A former intelligence analyst’s plea for responsible, ethical analysis and reporting of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professional data scientists, analysts, epidemiologists, and social scientists who are burning the candle at both ends, working tirelessly to figure out how to use data for good in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I see you. I’m right in the thick of it with you.

More than a dozen different dashboards, maps, and “panels” depicting different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged over the last week, with more appearing every day. Some are excellent. They are responsible, transparent, based in facts, and produced by experts. Most are not. …

It was really uncomfortable. Sometimes downright painful. It took the better part of four years. But here I am, sharing it with you, as I am bracing for what comes next. But let’s not get distracted. Our tomorrow is a story for another day.

My office wall circa July 2017.

For four years, the idea of being a traditional defense contractor or consultancy made me wince. Sure, our nation and government need them. I’ve worked for them my entire career. Many of them are now my partners. It’s just a model that is not authentic to what I wanted my company to be.

I think that…

Jackie Barbieri

Obsessed with better understanding our world so that we can make it better. Cultivates tiny humans, trans-disciplinary teams, and #tech with #heart.

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