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Daniel Bier

Daniel Bier

Daniel Bier is a senior editor at Freethink. His beat covers science, statistics, and criminal justice.

His work has been cited in the Washington Post, Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law, and the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, among others, and also appeared in the Domestic Surveillance edition of the Current Controversies textbook series in 2016.

Before Freethink, he worked as an editor at the Institute for Humane Studies and The Freeman magazine.

Recent Work by Author

Coronavirus
Good News, Bad News, and Reasons To Be Optimistic About COVID-19
Good News, Bad News, and Reasons To Be Optimistic About COVID-19
Coronavirus
Good News, Bad News, and Reasons To Be Optimistic About COVID-19
Much has evolved since the earliest predictions about COVID-19. Here's how the data is updating our view on the coronavirus.
August 15, 2020

Much has evolved since the earliest predictions about COVID-19. Here's how the data is updating our view on the coronavirus.

Public Health
The Coronavirus Fatality Rate: Explained
What is the coronavirus fatality rate
Public Health
The Coronavirus Fatality Rate: Explained
Your guide to understanding the confusing and contradictory coronavirus fatality rates.
March 25, 2020

Your guide to understanding the confusing and contradictory coronavirus fatality rates.

Social Change
Should We Legalize Gangs?
Should We Legalize Gangs?
Social Change
Should We Legalize Gangs?
Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to...
August 8, 2019

Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash them.

Public Health
Why Did Measles Explode in 2019?
Why Did Measles Explode in 2019?
Public Health
Why Did Measles Explode in 2019?
Humanity is locked in an arms race with diseases: we update our vaccines, and diseases evolve new ways to try to...
June 14, 2019

Humanity is locked in an arms race with diseases: we update our vaccines, and diseases evolve new ways to try to sneak past them. Cutting-edge research is exploring how to stimulate immunity without using vaccines, using the new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.

Reverse Innovation
MacGyver Medicine Can Save Lives
MacGyver Medicine Can Save Lives
Reverse Innovation
MacGyver Medicine Can Save Lives
The package is simple and dirt-cheap—a plastic bag with a condom, a syringe, a rubber tube, and a card with...
June 7, 2019

The package is simple and dirt-cheap—a plastic bag with a condom, a syringe, a rubber tube, and a card with instructions—but it can mean the difference between a mother living and dying.

Thinking Differently
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
Thinking Differently
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?
May 10, 2019

A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?

#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
CBT is a promising way to reduce violence, so why has it been so hard to scale?
April 18, 2019

CBT is a promising way to reduce violence, so why has it been so hard to scale?

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More...
Miriam Krinsky
#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More...
Her organization is bringing together a new generation of prosecutors with a shared vision of fair, compassionate,...
April 16, 2019

Her organization is bringing together a new generation of prosecutors with a shared vision of fair, compassionate, and responsible criminal justice reform.

#fixingjustice - Policing
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?
#fixingjustice - Policing
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?
American cities are safer than they used to be, but they’re still quite violent, and many economists think they’re...
April 15, 2019

American cities are safer than they used to be, but they’re still quite violent, and many economists think they’re under-policed. More police could help reduce crime, but only if people trust them to do a good job.