by Mae Yen Yap

While shoppers were fighting for the best deals on Amazon’s Prime Day sale, Amazon was facing a different battle.

Walmart Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announced their partnership against Amazon on Tuesday. The five-year partnership is tailored to allow Walmart to use Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology services to transform Walmart’s digital operations against its online retail competitor.

Amazon currently dominates the online retail industry with Walmart being the closest rival. But does the announcement of Walmart and Microsoft’s partnership pose an actual threat?

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For several years, Amazon kept its title as the world’s largest e-commerce retailer and cloud service provider. In the U.S. alone, Amazon.com …


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GunFacts (a project by grafiti, a Matter Seven company) is a site where you can find and share charts, graphs and other data visualizations that reflect how guns impact America — including mass shootings, gun access, violence against women, families and minorities, Congressional voting, public opinion, the NRA, and more. We’ve compiled shareable facts from over 40 publishers and 60 data sources (and growing!). We urge you to explore & learn, share, and communicate with data-backed insights — across social media, in your community orgs and in your personal conversations. …


by Hamdan Azhar and Farhan Mustafa @Grafiti

Youth voting up 31% from 2013 Gubernatorial elections in Virginia, reflecting nationwide uptick for youth voting in 2016 Presidential elections.

Last week, in the Virginia gubernatorial election, Democratic candidate Ralph Northam handily defeated Republican Ed Gillespie, 54–45%, in the highest turnout Virginia governor’s race in two decades. Now, the latest analysis by the research group CIRCLE at Tufts University finds that voter turnout among young people aged 18–29 doubled to 34% in 2017 compared to just 17% in 2009. (In contrast, youth voting was stable in the New Jersey governor’s race.)

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Source: CIRCLE

​The Census Bureau has published estimates of voting rates by age group for presidential elections dating back to 1964. They find systematic and consistent differences in voting rate, with over 60% of people aged 45+ voting in 2012, compared to 49% of 25–44 year olds, and just 38% of 18–24 year olds. Youth voting since the Reagan era peaked under the election of President Obama in 2008 — and despite suffering a sharp drop in 2012, notably increased in 2016. …


By Hamdan Azhar and Anna Mongillo

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The stronger-than-usual 2017 hurricane season has caused more than 200 deaths and as much as $200 billion in economic impact. The hurricanes have also led to strong media criticism, with pundits taking issue with everything from TV reporters getting “pummeled by wind and rain” to the media’s neglect of Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico.

We wanted to bring a more data-driven approach to bear on the question of how the media covers hurricanes. So we turned to Media Cloud, an open source project sponsored by MIT and Harvard that tracks online news articles using RSS feeds. Using their API, we we were able to collect 7,587 articles published from Aug. 23 — Oct. 1, 2017 with headlines mentioning Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, or Maria. …


by Farhan Mustafa, Akbar Dawood, Juan Castrence, and Kyle Suess

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L to R: Juan Castrence; Kyle Suess; Akbar Dawood; Farhan Mustafa

Our journey started with a real revolution. Farhan Mustafa worked as a data journalist and producer at Al Jazeera English during the Arab Spring. He was on the ground during the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. He heard rumors on where other protests where happening, and was scrambling to find trusted data to verify these claims. He desperately wanted to quickly tweet a crucial insight along with a chart to back it up to respond in-the-moment, but the process instead took hours. Meanwhile, real-time mobile sharing had exploded on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. …

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Farhan Mustafa

CoFounder @Grafitiapp. Data Raconteur. Former Journalist at Al Jazeera English.

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