New data analysis competitions
New Kaggle competition: Allstate Claims Severity. No money for this one, just the potential for a position at Allstate.
A Swiss journalist has created a Twitter bot that tracks dictators' flights to and from Geneva, as part of a crowdsourced effort to shed light on potentially shady dealings. The bot, called GVA Dictator Alert, tracks planes registered to authoritarian governments and automatically posts their arrivals and departures to Twitter. Since launching in April, the bot has posted more than 60 arrivals and departures to its Twitter page, and is currently tracking 80 different aircraft registered to repressive governments.
A 17-word Facebook reminder contributed to substantial increases in online voter registration across the country, according to top election officials.
At least nine secretaries of state have credited the social network's voter registration reminder, displayed for four days in September, with boosting sign-ups, in some cases by considerable amounts. Data from nine other states show that registrations rose drastically on the first day of the campaign compared with the day before.