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Science and Technology Correspondent, Al Jazeera America — Al Jazeera
As seen in:  Al Jazeera, Popular Science

Sci-tech correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Former editor-in-chief of Popular Science. Data, darkness, the exploded view. jacob.ward@aljazeera.net

France’s New Laws Allow Almost Endless Surveillance

jacobward.com — While the United States tries to back away from mass surveillance, at least publicly, France is moving in the opposite direction. As of July, the country has some of the most permissive surveillance laws in the Western world, allowing the state to collect citizens' communications, break into homes, and watch anyone even remotely associated with a terror inquiry.

As Military Robots are Promoted, Humans Lose All but “Veto Power”

jacobward.com — Robotic systems allow militaries around the world to operate faster and more efficiently than human soldiers possibly can. The result is that humans are losing their place in the "kill chain" - the sequence of decisions that leads to pulling a trigger. Now Human Rights Watch and other advocacy groups are trying to establish a Geneva Convention...

Why the FAA Shut Down an Uber for Planes

jacobward.com — It seems sensible: private pilots with flight time on their hands offering passage to willing passengers on the Internet. And consider that while there are only 500 commercial airports in the country, there are 5000 regional airports - 10 times more available destinations. Nonetheless, the FAA has shut down Flytenow, a company offering flight-sharing services.

Solar Power Used to Drill Oil, Not Replace It

jacobward.com — A new project in Oman will be one of the largest solar fields in the world. But its purpose is to get more oil out of the ground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOBGskpxcLk

A Climb Into the World’s Largest Trees

jacobward.com — The ancient trees are losing limbs and needles like scientists have never seen before. Jacob Ward follows researchers into the canopy to assess the double threat of climate change and drought on the world's largest organisms. http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2015/9/california-drought-crippling-the-mighty-sequoias.html This entry was posted in Al Jazeera America and tagged filmed, Video.

How Ebola Workers Are Becoming Infected Despite Their Suits

jacobward.com — Jacob Ward models the critical mistake that puts aid workers at risk of infection. http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2014/9/-ebola-protectivesuitsmaycausemoreharmthanhelptoaidworkers.html

Unidentified Pearl Harbor Remains Exhumed in Hawaii, Thanks to DNA Testing

jacobward.com — Families of the dead at Pearl Harbor - specifically, those men on the USS Oklahoma who lay together in unnamed graves - have finally won their battle with the Department of Defense to DNA test the unidentified remains. This entry was posted in Al Jazeera America and tagged filmed, Video.

The Brutal Fight Against Wildfires - and Climate Change - in Alaska

jacobward.com — We traveled to remote corners of Alaska to document the effects of climate change there - namely violent forest fires that dwarf anything the rest of the United States experiences. Alaska is warming twice as fast as the lower 48, and as its permafrost melts and its forests burn, it's giving off huge amounts of carbon, meaning...

How Should Police Treat the Mentally Ill?

jacobward.com — An estimated quarter of everyone who died either in police custody or due to police actions so far this year were mentally ill. Now one family's tragedy, which has gone all the way to the Supreme Court, could compel law enforcement to develop new tactics under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Aug 31, 2015

The case of Teresa Sheehan could drastically alter the way police treat the mentally ill from now on. jacobward.com/2015/08/28/how…

A Rafting “Wake” for the Animas River

jacobward.com — On the same day the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Department of the Interior would be running an independent investigation into the Gold King Spill, boaters in Durango, Colorado celebrated the reopening of the river with mixed feelings. And no wonder, as facts about the ongoing toxic legacy of mining in Colorado emerge.
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Nov 29, 2015

My shooter @EGROLL917 on our way to document the source of California's water, and of the world's coming water woes. pic.twitter.com/rRrKDyrqWj

Nov 29, 2015

@MatthewTeague @netflix I have! River is so clearly the Netflix data-cyborg version of it, but I still like the show a lot.

Nov 28, 2015

@vonceyb And it's not always a good thing, I'm told. Can distract essential people from essential tasks. Is there that risk here?

Nov 28, 2015

@vonceyb I guess that's my question. Gates et al can change gravitational pull in a developing nation's front-line healthcare.

Nov 28, 2015

Health providers often grumble that big philanthropy hijacks their systems. Will Gates's gift do that in clean tech? nytimes.com/2015/11/28/us/…

Nov 28, 2015

Paris talks won't talk caps bc "about two-thirds of the pie has already been eaten by a handful of rich countries." nytimes.com/2015/11/29/sci…

Nov 28, 2015

RT @charlesapple: On this date 5 years ago, Wikileaks released more than a quarter-million U.S. diplomatic cables and documents. pic.twitter.com/5KeDGYN33k

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