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All Is Not Well (in the World of Big Data Analysis)

Peter B. LaMontagne | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Peter B. LaMontagne

The "big data" revolution set out to give us the tools needed to exploit the endless growth of data, whether inside companies, government agencies, or in open source.

Protect Privacy of Living People on

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 07.02.2015 | Technology
J. Bradley Jansen

Don't post or share any information--especially Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of living people--that you wouldn't want shared when privacy policies change or company ownership changes--especially if it goes out of business and bankruptcy proceedings put your personal information on the selling block.

Will the Coming 'Internet of Things' Mean the Death of Privacy?

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Technology companies say they will use the Internet of Things to improve our energy usage, health, security, and lifestyle and habits. In reality, companies such as Apple and Google want to learn all they can about us so that they can market more products and services to us -- and sell our data to others.

These Are The Busiest Airports For The 4th Of July | Posted 06.25.2015 | Travel

Airfare is only about 4 percent cheaper this year, but travelers will still be out in full force. So Hopper decided to analyze what this year's Fourth of July travel patterns will look like by calculating which airports will have the biggest influx of travelers arriving and departing.

Taking Control of Our Genetic Information: Could it Go Too Far?

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 06.17.2015 | Technology
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Up until recently, those in the technology industry and those conducting genomic research would have been considered strange bedfellows. But big data -- more specifically, big genomic data -- is bringing the two groups together.

Why Big Data Matters in Finance

Irene Aldridge | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Irene Aldridge

By observing and measuring recurring characteristics and phenomena in the financial markets, data scientists are able to pinpoint winning stocks, predict market crashes, detect market manipulation and the like.

4 Things a Startup Can Learn From a Fresh, Outside Perspective

Amine Chouaieb | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Amine Chouaieb

As a startup that is launching its flagship product soon, our management has spent a lot of time on execution, rather than on strategy and organization. This might sound familiar to a lot of entrepreneurs: we spend most of our time putting out fires.

Can Big Data Steer Us Wrong

Daniel Newman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Daniel Newman

We talk incessantly about the importance of big data to drive better business decisions and outcomes. Marketers, managers, business owners, thought leaders -- just about everyone is spending inordinate amounts of time debating big data. Why?

Finally Available, Facebook's Topic Data to Help De-frizz Humid Hair

Andre Bourque | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

Released in March, Facebook's Topic Data gives marketers a holistic and actionable view of what users are doing, saying, and using. Now available through the Pulsar social media analytics platform, Facebook's data is exciting for brands and agencies.

Smart Cities Need Smart People

John M. Eger | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Almost 20 years ago, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) funded research looking for ways to keep people off the roads.

Stopping Disease Before it Happens

David Panzirer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
David Panzirer

Autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes (T1D) are on the rise -- and no one quite knows why. Despite decades of research costing billions of dollars, a cure for T1D remains elusive and unlikely for many years to come.

Who's Afraid of Big Bad Data?

Daniel Burrus | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Daniel Burrus

If your high-speed data analytic technology is not capable of separating the good data from the bad before developing refined results -- or if you read the data wrongly or fail to understand how the bad data you've collected has impacted the good data -- you might end up with an incorrect assessment of your customer, and in the end, damage your bottom line.

Better Data Might Cost Huge Chunk of Global Aid

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Most of the available numbers behind the MDGs are, rather, projections and estimates, not data. In total, there are more gaps than real observations and the observations themselves are often dubious. This matters, because the world is now discussing a new set of targets for the next decade and a half.

7 Tools for Understanding the UX of Your Business

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

The main difference of having a good user experience and an amazing user experience will often crawl back down to the ability to understand our users, and their behaviors using our apps, websites, and products in general.

Your Smart Home: Google's Brillo Pad

John Bates | Posted 06.02.2015 | Technology
John Bates

Beyond the home, as the smart city evolves, we'll have street lamps that only come on when someone is there, traffic systems that dynamically reroute based on what's happening on the roads, buildings that optimize themselves to the number of people and weather conditions - so much is possible.

11 Economies Shaking Up the World of Work

Blair Forlaw | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Blair Forlaw

Did you catch the headline last week about Amazon Prime's new same-day service? Online shoppers in some markets who place an order before noon can now get their packages later that very day.

Ronaldo and Bale Transfer Buzz Rallies After Disappointing Season Ends

Ignacio Chavarria | Posted 06.01.2015 | Sports
Ignacio Chavarria

Google search volume regarding the possible transfers of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale out of Real Madrid reached its highest point of the year in the second half of May.

Natalie Jackson

6 Simple Questions Everyone Can (And Should) Ask About Data | Natalie Jackson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

A data fabrication scandal has rocked the media and academic worlds. In December 2014, many media outlets reported on a seemingly groundbreaking study...

'Great Decoupling' of Wages and Productivity Driven by New Technology

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Technology
Nathan Newman

When technology is so overwhelmingly focused on the needs of the elite, it's hardly a shock to find that the elite ends up being the main group financially benefiting from its deployment.

Little Brother's Big Moment

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

It's not that data-collecting services don't have dark risks for personal privacy. Everyone knows that. But now that everyone knows that, what's it worth to you to take that risk?

Is Google Killing Wonder?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

Yes, you may have gotten the answer to your question, and wasn't that so nice and tidy? But at what cost? The question, and any conversation or subsequent mental gymnastics that it might have generated, dies an immediate and unfortunate death.

An Afternoon With Peter Orszag and Jim Nussle

Patrick Daniel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Patrick Daniel

Everyone listened in excitedly as Nina Easton introduced the panelists to the audience that had gathered at the JFK Jr. Forum yesterday. As senior editor and columnist of Fortune Magazine and former resident fellow at the Institute of Politics, Easton experienced nothing short of an award-winning career.

What Happens to Your Data When You Monitor Your Personal Fitness

Robin Raskin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Wearing a fitness bracelet from FitBit, Jawbone, Microsoft, Withings, and others has become increasingly common. About one in ten people in the US now do some sort of fitness monitoring.

Education Is Harmful When You Measure the Wrong Things

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

"Measure the wrong things and you'll get the wrong behaviors." This simple statement succinctly characterizes why the American education system continues beating its head against the wall.

Can Big Data Subdue Big Government?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

What if, as disruptive innovation has done in so many cases, there was a way to detect suspect behavior and expose it in real time?