The promise and perils of big gender data

Co-authored by Stefaan Verhulst, Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Lab (GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. 

Big Data may revolutionize social science—and also amplify our deepest cultural biases. ... The critical importance of better gender data for societal well-being is clear. Mental health is a particularly striking example. Estimates from the Global Burden of Disease database suggest that depressive and anxiety disorders are the second leading cause of morbidity among females between 10 and 63 years of age. 

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