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Why Algorithmic Accountability Is Needed Now

November 21, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Algorithmic black boxes / shutterstock

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]

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]

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]

Big Data Jargon We All Need to Reign In, Right Now

August 5, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

What do you really mean by "digital," and is there really anything today that is not digital? Does digital just mean connected? Does it mean a device? What do I mean when I call a company a digital company? Do you only need have a website to be considered such?[read more]

Verizon Flirts with Thin Data Rights Line

July 23, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Verizon.

The data brokerage game is beefing up, and Verizon just made a massive push to secure its top dog status on the big data radar. With more than 1 million customers, Verizon Wireless is the leading wireless carrier in the United States, ahead of competitors AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.[read more]

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WOW! Big Data at Google

June 3, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Google has not only significantly influenced the way we can now analyze big data (think MapReduce, BigQuery, etc.) – but they probably are more responsible than anyone else for making it part of our everyday lives. I believe that many of the innovative things Google is doing today, most companies will do in years to come.[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]

2020: US Banks Are Betting Big on Analytics

May 31, 2014 by Naagesh Padmanaban

US banks and analytics.

Most US Banks – small and big are on board this transformational journey. These initiatives involve great investments and outcomes are keenly tracked. Many careers are at stake. But those that succeed will form the backbone of US Banks 2020. This obviously will result in intense competition and change the banking landscape in the US forever.[read more]

State Secrets Laws Inhibit Open Data

May 6, 2014 by Travis Korte

State secrets.

In the United States and much of Western Europe, government data, such as economic indicators, government budgets, and agricultural information, is available to the public under freedom of information laws. While this data is not always accessible via bulk download in machine-readable formats, individuals can usually request and expect to receive it.[read more]

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Is Big Data Under Threat by New Internet Magna Carta?

April 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Big data can deliver mouthwatering value to companies and society, but the NSA revelations about spying on people as well as allegations that large corporations are snooping on customers has tainted the reputation of big data analytics. A growing number of people are now calling for a new Magna Carta for big data, but would that spell the end of the big data movement or a new beginning?[read more]

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The Use and Abuse of Big Data and Hadoop

February 25, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Privacy vs. big data.

Big data analytics is having a huge impact on us all. The ability to collect, store and analyze massive amounts of disparate data---using analytics platforms such as Hadoop in the cloud to uncover hidden connections, correlations and insights---is playing a bigger role than ever in influencing almost every aspect of our lives.[read more]

The Coming Wave of Innovation from Open Geographic Information

February 25, 2014 by Travis Korte

Open geographic information.

Mapping software company Esri has announced changes to its popular ArcGIS product that will allow government users to easily organize, host, and release geographic data openly. Esri’s new initiative, which will go live with a new version of ArcGIS slated for release in March 2014, enables any data in ArcGIS to be published openly.[read more]

4 Benefits for the Public Sector when Governments Start Using Big Data

July 25, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Transparency within governments can be improved as well as time and money required by government officials and citizens to comply with tax regulations can be reduced. A lot of government tax agencies store personal data, which is copied all over the public sector. Over and over again, citizens have to complete new forms with information most governments already have.[read more]

The NSA, Link Analysis and Fraud Detection

July 25, 2013 by Dean Abbott

The recent leaks about the NSA’s use of data mining and predictive analytics has certainly raised awareness of our field and has resulted in hours of discussions with family, relatives, friends and reporters about what predictive analytics can (and can’t) do with phone records, emails, chat messages, and other structured and unstructured data.[read more]

What Data Do the Five Largest Tech Companies Collect? [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 21, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

What's Google got on you?

Big Data brings big privacy issues. Baynote has created an infographic that shows the vast amounts of different types of data collected by the five largest tech companies in the world -- Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo! and Amazon -- ranging from search queries, profile information to even your phone number.[read more]