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Policy and Governance

Healthcare Insurance Regs Must Keep Up with Tech Advances

November 26, 2014 by Joshua New

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The promise of Apple's HealthKit: as adoption of wearables increases and health insurers rely more heavily on biometric data, consumers and industry alike will benefit from better healthcare outcomes and lower costs. However, this healthcare advance won’t happen unless insurance regulations keep up with the technology.[read more]

Why Algorithmic Accountability Is Needed Now

November 21, 2014 by Rishi Shah

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Facebook and Google operate in black boxes, shrouded by advanced algorithms that encourage us to gradually consume more information and generate higher ad revenues. But they should not be allowed to hide behind the language of technology, using algorithms as an excuse for lack of transparency.[read more]

Three Challenges Europe Faces in Becoming a Competitive Big Data Market

November 21, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

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The European Commission is working hard on developing a competitive European Big Data market. Last week, as a result of this, the European Digital Forum convened the High-Level Roundtable on Europe’s Digital Future. Here's my vision of how Europe can enable forward-looking, data-driven startups to unleash the vast potential of data.[read more]

China's "Great Firewall" Targets Cloud Services

November 19, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

A plethora of websites including a popular content distribution network is currently inaccessible inside of China. GreatFire.org reports that EdgeCast's Content Delivery Network has been blocked from China for the past day. EdgeCast officially recognized the Chinese ban by releasing a statement on its website.[read more]

Will Obama Be the Last Open Data President?

November 17, 2014 by Joshua New

President Barack Obama

Barack Obama has taken a series of executive actions to further the ideal of open government through data, and there is still much to be done. It remains to be seen if the progress made over the past few years will continue in future administrations, or if President Obama will be the last open data president.[read more]

Police Body Cams to Use Government Cloud to Store Data

November 15, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Police body cams

Vievu, an innovator of police body cams, has announced that they have plans to begin selling cloud connected body cams that is fully compliant with government cloud regulations. The cloud body cams allow police officers to avoid the hassle of dealing with traditional storage means.[read more]

Meeting the Business Technology Needs of Midsized Companies

November 14, 2014 by Julie Hunt

Current technology trends are important for all organizations. Most midsized companies have these technologies at the top of their lists: Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, and Security. And each year many midsized organizations dedicate more budget for technology as a strategic investment, as Deloitte noted in a recent study.[read more]

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Are You Sweeping Big Data Privacy Under the Carpet? 5 Things to Do Instead

November 13, 2014 by Tamara Dull

Admit it: When you read or hear about big data privacy, you’re ready to move onto the next topic or swipe to the next screen. Or sweep it under the carpet. You know the discussion is important, but let’s be honest: it’s not exciting, it’s sometimes creepy, and it’s not easy to navigate its complexities.[read more]

The Ethics of Data, Visualized [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 3, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Ethics of data.

Here, we break down how all the world feels about big data, the internet and how these two entities are affecting worldwide privacy and security. Turns out, most people are still are on the fence when it comes to how they feel about data collection and use.[read more]

Who Gets the Call When Your Analytics Process Crashes?

October 10, 2014 by Bill Franks

Analytics matters.

I recently had a meeting with one of the largest companies in the world, where we discussed concerns about ongoing maintenance and, more importantly, ongoing repair required for analytics processes. The conversation helped solidify in my mind a major disconnect that often occurs when organizations deploy an analytics process into a production setting. Let’s walk through that disconnect here.[read more]

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Where in the World Does All this ESRI World Data Come from?

July 31, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

ESRI World Data.

ESRI does have data sets of their own that are available both for free, and for licensing. They have their own demographers who come up with various cool products like “Tapestry”, which shows life groups and their habit patterns, so you could research in there and discover NASCAR fans are good at recycling.[read more]

Do You Have Any Rights in the Age of Big Data Analytics?

July 23, 2014 by Lachlan James

Your rights and big data.

With Big Data-related excitement on the verge of finally reaching a crescendo, many market analysts are forecasting gargantuan outlays. But, as more organizations begin to explore the potential of Big Data Analytics in greater depth, many practical, moral and legal challenges will further emerge, requiring our attention.[read more]

The Federal Government Should Fund More Data Pilot Projects

July 8, 2014 by Travis Korte

Data pilot projects.

If the federal government wants to use data to “solve problems, improve well-being, and generate economic prosperity” on a national scale, as the White House wrote in a recent report, it must start at the local level. Cities and states offer fertile soil for data pilot projects, and the knowledge gained from these projects can lead to insights that apply far beyond their origins.[read more]

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When Ideology Reigns Over Data

June 2, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Increasingly, the mantra of “let the data speak for themselves” is falling by the wayside. There are dangers to reputations, companies and global economies when researchers and/or statisticians either see what they want to see—despite the data, or worse, gently massage data to get “the right results.”[read more]

From Data Ownership to Data Usage: How Consumers Will Monetize Their Personal Data

May 29, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

How consumers will monetize their personal data.

In a world where more data is created than ever before, data ownership is gaining in importance. Not only organisations understand the value of data. Also consumers are becoming more aware of the value of their data and they are less willing to give companies their sensitive data for free.[read more]