WPI professors: Data science can help us fight human trafficking

Traffickers leave a data trail, however faint or broken, despite their efforts to operate off the grid and in the shadows. There is an opportunity – albeit a challenging one – to use the bits of information we can get on the distribution of victims, traffickers, buyers and exploiters, and disrupt the supply chain wherever and however we can.

Sina-cism: Yes, Thanksgiving is a religious holiday

“Along with the critical role capitalism has played in the development and prosperity of our nation, there is religion. Those who would deny the religious nature of Thanksgiving must grapple with formidable opponents named George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.” And, of course, the Sun’s right-wing rabble-rouser, Chris Sinacola.

On Beacon Hill: Birds of a feather?

With the governor’s expected re-election bid up ahead and the persistent partisan roadblocks of the Trump era lurking, things are about to get interesting. Plus, Warren, Healey and the State Police scandal.

Mariano: Michael Gaffney was right and wrong

“Michael Gaffney is leaving the City Council. It is fair to say that he is one of a kind. I can’t think of another local elected official with whom to compare Gaffney. … Michael Gaffney is universally disliked by his colleagues at City Hall. I think he likes it that way.”

Sina-cism: Voter turnout more than a numbers game

“Turnout for its own sake does not guarantee a more robust democracy, but it does run the risk of mob rule. A long and steady investment in civics education, on the other hand, would serve all residents of Worcester and our nation well.”

‘Healing Fibers’ exhibit: Between cultural appropriation and activism

The “Healing Fibers” exhibit on a recent Saturday night was a place to hear the silent cries of those who do not have a voice. The artwork displayed all incorporated fibers in some way, and highlighted the event’s theme of indigenous culture and activism using various perspectives from history, philosophy, aesthetics and politics.