Italy pledges to improve data privacy protection
The Italian government says it is taking steps to better protect the privacy of its citizens' data in the wake of revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance work.
Limo firm hacked; politician, celeb data breached
An Internet security firm says a limousine software company has been hacked, exposing credit card numbers and potentially embarrassing details about close to 1 million customers, including politicians, star athletes and corporate ...
Book reveals young people's views of politicians
Politicians need to consider more carefully how they communicate with young people if they are to be trusted and respected as much as 'celebrity' politicians, according to a new book by academics at the University of East ...
Fact checking politicians gets results
New research indicates that American politicians are affected by the practice of fact-checking, thereby reducing the risk of misinformation and strengthening democratic accountability.
Is it time to ditch the climate 'bible'?
Top UN experts have just delivered the first volume of a massive new climate change report, but already whispers are starting to be heard: Will it be the last such review?
Going through the political motions: The role of body language in opinion formation
A new research project analyses the importance of body motion in the formation of individual opinions about politicians. The aim of the project, which is funded by the FWF, is to identify movement patterns ...
Social media a 'double-edged sword' for politicians
Social media are a double-edged sword for campaigning politicians, warns one of Australia's top media researchers.
Quango state reconfigured rather than abolished
Less than 10 per cent of quangos axed by the Coalition government have actually been totally abolished, new research shows.
Throwing the bum out: When should scandal-hit politicians stage a come back?
As Anthony Weiner enters the New York mayoral race two years after scandal forced him from office, a new study in Social Science Quarterly explores the lingering effect of scandals and asks how long a politician need wait b ...
Yahoo! adds tweets to online news pages
Yahoo! on Thursday began spicing up its online news pages with real-time comments fired off at the globally popular messaging service Twitter.
Corruption soars when politicians are placed above the law, study finds
In a new study, Stern School of Business assistant professor of economics Vasiliki Skreta and co-authors, Karthik Reddy of Harvard Law School and Moritz Schularick of the University of Bonn, examine statutory immunity provisions ...
On gun control, citizens support politicians who point to big picture, not specific incidents, study finds
As the nation continues to grapple with the long-simmering issue of gun control, solutions are stymied by heated debates.
Indian police set up lab to monitor social media
Mumbai police have set up India's first "social media lab" to monitor Facebook, Twitter and other networking sites, sparking concerns about freedom of speech online.
Merkel cautious on 'fracking' in Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday expressed caution over whether the revolutionary oil and gas technique of "fracking" could be introduced in Germany, saying public safety was the main concern.