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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]


The Use and Abuse of Big Data and Hadoop

February 26, 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]

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]