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Testing the San Francisco Open Data Initiative [VIDEO]

July 18, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Open Data in SF

San Francisco’s Open Data Initiative allows the government of San Francisco to share open data with its citizens, who can use the data to develop innovative mobile apps. Adam Shaw, from BBC Horizons, tests a few of these apps while on the road in San Francisco.[read more]

Tag, Anyone?

July 16, 2013 by Erica Driver

RFID tag

The nature of data is changing. At the moment organizations gather data from many different sources including loyalty cards, machine logs, sensor arrays, and social media sentiment analysis (even if they don’t always analyze the data enough). But what about the future?[read more]

Big Data Benefits versus Big Risks [VIDEO]

June 17, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big Data risks

The recent revelations about the NSA’s secret program makes people aware of the world of big data and the thin line between the benefits and privacy concerns related to big data. The challenge is to get all the great benefits from big data, while finding a balance with the loss in privacy.[read more]

How Big Data Analytics Reveal Your Most Intimate Secrets

June 13, 2013 by Bernard Marr

Big Data Analytics: what do your Likes reveal?

Big Data Analytics allow us to automatically analyze digital records such as our updates, photos and ‘Likes’ on Facebook. But did you know that your 'Likes' on Facebook could expose intimate details about you as well as personality traits you might not want to share with anyone?[read more]

Big Data Ethics: Vendors Should Take A Stand

June 13, 2013 by Timo Elliott

Tip of the Big Data iceberg

We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to “big data analytics.” We can now gather, correlate, and analyze information in ways that were unthinkable in the past. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Analytics is a very powerful weapon, and weapons can be abused.[read more]

Perils of Big Data: US Government Collecting Customer Data from Verizon

June 8, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Video interview on perils of Big Data

Under a top secret court issue, the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers have been stored and analyzed by the NSA. Is Verizon the only company that has to give the data or are other companies doing the same? Check out this ReutersTV video to learn more about it.[read more]

Big Data Today: Living as Far from 1984 as Orwell

Big Data, or Big Brother? / shutterstock

Over the last month I’ve been talking a lot about personally controlled records and the ownership of your own information. On the one hand, we want to be provided with better services and to be protected from danger. On the other, we don’t want our personal freedoms to be threatened.[read more]

Big Data Meets Walt Disney's Magical Approach

May 23, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big Data magic / DisneyParks blogs

Recently, Walt Disney announced the introduction of the wireless-tracking wristband ‘MagicBand’ to Walt Disney World. They aim to make the visit to the Walt Disney World in Orlando a more magical experience while in return record the complete data trail of the visitors.[read more]

Helpful or Creepy? Avoid Crossing the Line with Big Data

May 10, 2013 by Bill Franks

big data privacy / shutterstock

One of the most discussed concerns surrounding big data today is privacy. While many powerful analytics are possible with the detailed data that is now collected on each of us, the sensitive nature of much of that data requires rethinking data practices and applications.[read more]


Is Facebook Taking Big Data Analytics Too Far?

May 2, 2013 by Bernard Marr

Facebook & big data analytics

Facebook has massive data analytics capabilities and it has a lot of data - big data. It has our personal details, our likes, our updates, our pictures and videos. However, my big question here is: are they overstepping the mark by exploiting this (even very personal) data?[read more]

Why Big Data Privacy Will Be Self-Regulating

April 27, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Technological progress has always led to heated debates about the threats a new technology would pose for society and humanity. Entering the era of big data, the fear is loss of privacy. There are three different parties we can look at in taking care of that: Governments, Organisations and Consumers.[read more]

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

March 19, 2013 by Gil Press

big data revolution/shutterstock

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier are authors of the just-published book Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. It is an excellent introduction for general audiences to what has become a topic of conversation everywhere.[read more]

Big Data Ethics: 4 Principles to Follow

March 13, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

It would be great if countries got together and came up with a broad-based, global set of privacy and ethical big data guidelines. But it will be a difficult and long process. Therefore, it might be easier to ‘crowd-source’ a set of big data privacy guidelines. Here's a start.[read more]

Data Quality: Opinions and Impressions Matter the Most

October 18, 2012 by Venkata Bodapati

It is easy to imagine scenarios where a single bad master data record can disturb a well related high quality data asset. Bad perceptions and negative user opinions can drastically reduce the effective usage of even the most reliable and well integrated data assets.[read more]

A Fool and Their Data are Soon Parted

October 8, 2012 by Domenico Tassone

...the other and much bigger shoe dropped as Google announced their new free Tag Manager. With this latest development, it seemed like a good time to talk about the foolish handling of digital customer data, which may as well be money.[read more]