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January 02, 2007
Martin Stabe points to a German article (that I can't read) about the ethics of database journalism. The question is whether journalists who expose convicted sexual criminals living too close to children or schools are doing the work of police. (Here's a primitive translation of the German article) Of course, unearthing bits of data from enormous databases is just early step in this type of reporting. This field promises richer results as journalists adapt sophisticated mathematical tools to analyze data--and to reach new conclusions about the big topics in our lives, including the spread of wealth, disease and terrorism.