Kalev Leetaru

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Don’t Blame CNN for the Ebola Panic

No wonder we're scared of Ebola. The current outbreak could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation," warns Oxfam. World Bank head Jim Yong ...

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Why Big Data Missed the Early Warning Signs of Ebola

With the Centers for Disease Control now forecasting up to 1.4 million new infections from the current Ebola outbreak, what could "big data" do to ...

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Playing Nostradamus

Working in policymaking is a lot like being a real-life time traveler: It is an inherently forward-looking process in which decisions are made today based ...

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Everybody Loves Bashar

On June 4, Syria's Bashar al-Assad won reelection again, bagging 88.7 percent of the vote, in a war-torn country he seemed on the verge of ...

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Did the Arab Spring Really Spark a Wave of Global Protests?

As the remnants of the Arab Spring's wave of uprisings continue to wrack the Middle East, as Thailand and Venezuela convulse, and as Ukraine spirals ...

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Shiny, Shiny Data: The Thrill of the Chase

One of the most striking revelations of the Edward Snowden disclosures has been the single-minded focus of the U.S. intelligence community on collection: on hoovering ...

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Mapping Violence and Protests in Nigeria

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It’s Not Just Kiev

After nearly a week of bloodshed, Ukraine seems to have found a moment of peace. What the map above offers is a glimpse of what ...

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Half a Billion Clicks Can’t Be Wrong

Everyone likes to close the outgoing year with lists and rankings of the year gone by, and a particular favorite of the foreign policy world ...

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King Snowden and the Fall of Wikileaks

In 2013, Edward Snowden shone a spotlight into the darkest corners of American foreign policy, dealing a cataclysmic shock to the country's intelligence-gathering apparatus as ...

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About Kalev Leetaru

Kalev H. Leetaru is the Yahoo! Fellow in Residence at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His work centers on the application of "big data" towards understanding global human society in new ways and he is the creator of the GDELT Project.

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