In this age of data mining, collecting and breaches, it’s easy to get paranoid. Yes, the amount of data that’s being culled and collating is unprecedented. Technology has enabled that. But paranoia aside, there are people doing good work with all this data that’s out there. Take Nate Silver and his team at Five Thirty Eight for example. Silver and his associates strive to put data in context and then glean meaning from the noise. This is what they did with regards to President Obama’s proposed executive action on the immigration issue: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/every-immigration-related-executive-action-of-the-last-58-years/.