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Data Mining

Encryption Is Not The Problem

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Privacy and security are not opposing forces but mutually beneficial of each other and crucially intertwined as a means of protecting and advancing us. We need to protect them both in order to truly protect ourselves.

The Power of Small Data: Big Data Isn't King

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Sophisticated digital platforms that leverage "small" pieces of information or the data contained within citizens and their localities can strengthen the quality of democracy. Taken together, the following examples illustrate the ability to combine the right data to forge 21st century digital public infrastructure.

Big Health Data, Huge Opportunities

William M. Tierney, MD | Posted 10.30.2015 | Technology
William M. Tierney, MD

In 2000, my doctor found a mass above my left collarbone. It was non-Hodgkin lymphoma which had spread to my chest and abdomen. I was treated with a ...

What's the Big Deal With Data?

Victoria Espinel | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Plenty, according to new report from BSA | The Software Alliance We are generating more data today than ever before - and it's improving everything...

Steve Jobs' Greatest Notoriety: Elevating Tim Cook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Mark Weinstein

Steve Jobs is back all over the media and movie screens these days - as Hollywood portrays its take of his genius and his warts. At the end of the day (not the movie), Jobs' greatest notoriety may indeed be elevating Tim Cook to be his successor.

Minority Report Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

Seemingly taking its cue from science fiction, technology has moved so fast in the short time since Minority Report premiered in 2002 that what once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.

Hello Facebook, Goodbye Privacy: FB's Rogue "Hello Android" app

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Smartphones these days tend to be more about the "smart" and less about the phone. With all the cool apps and features we can use on our devices, t...

Do You Know Where Your Health Data Is?

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Ifeoma Ajunwa

The data we generate in our digital lives can reveal important information, particularly about our health. For one, our social networks can be predictive of health outcomes and conditions, in part because of shared attitudes amongst social groups.

Europe Declares War on Google!

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.24.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Word leaked out on Friday in Brussels that The European Parliament is going to call for the break-up of Google. That must be a tough pill to swallow for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Google's Eric Schmidt: Robin Hood or the Big Bad Wolf?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.11.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Google has it all, which is way too much. Actually, it's downright frightening just how much. Do we want to live in a society where everything we do, 24/7, is monitored by corporations like Google?

7 Ways Data Currently Being Collected About You Could Hurt Your Career or Personal Life

Frank Pasquale | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Frank Pasquale

Databases may be defaming you without you even knowing it.

When Education Data Speaks, Are We Really Listening?

Brad C. Phillips | Posted 12.23.2014 | College
Brad C. Phillips

You know how it is when you get the sense the person you're talking to is nodding their head appearing to listen, but is really just waiting to talk. Desperate to interject and say the right thing, they ... don't.

The Shot Heard Round the World Wide Web

Mark Weinstein | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The privacy revolution is here!

Data Mining: The Consumer Becoming the Consumed

Henk Campher | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Henk Campher

Does it feel like someone is always watching you? Have you noticed the same ads showing up no matter where you go online? And they all try to sell you stuff that has very little to do with your actual interests?

Apple vs. Google: The Privacy Revolution Rumble

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.30.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

In the grand scheme of things, a public tiff between Apple and Google emphasizes how important online privacy has become in the eyes of industry titans and the masses their products cater to.

Privacy Is Dead and We Might As Well Get Used to It

Don McNay | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Don McNay

No matter how hard I work to protect my privacy, my emails, my spending habits and the fact that I have seen several movies starring Scarlett Johansson, someone out there knows about it.

The Country Has Big Trouble

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Greta Van Susteren

The two guys at the top of national security (the Director of National Intelligence and the director of the CIA) have both been caught lying to the American people and to the U.S. Senate -- they have no right to lie.

Google and the German Angst

Markus Ziener | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Markus Ziener

The other day the German minister of justice, Heiko Maas, was asked in an interview how often he is using Google to crawl the Internet. His answer: "Everyday and in an exorbitant manner. Therefore, unfortunately, I am part of the problem."

Where's the Gold in Your Data? Turning $500,000 Into $3 Billion

Peter Diamandis | Posted 09.10.2014 | Good News
Peter Diamandis

The fact is that data are worth a lot of money. Google and Facebook built $100 billion-plus companies based on mining data. Shouldn't you?

So You Want to Start An English-Language News Site?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Friends and acquaintances across the Middle East/North Africa region often ask for advice on matters related to journalism, media in general, ethics, and how to prepare young people for this very exciting and ever-changing field.

Communicating the Value of Data

Amanda Parker | Posted 07.19.2014 | Huffpost Code
Amanda Parker

Every business is increasingly interested in mining data and analytics to learn more about their customers in order to yield higher returns. Companies are often in competition with one another to figure out how they can collect more data and do it more efficiently than anyone else.

Does Facebook Know Your Location? Not for Long With Location Sentry's App

James Grundvig | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
James Grundvig

As the smartphone industry considers adding a 'kill-switch' for mobile devices to curb their theft, law enforcement officials crow that manufacturers ...

Google Apps for Education: Data Mining and the Threat to Student Privacy

Sue Scheff | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

It's free, accessible and user-friendly. It has many functionalities that schools and teachers love. But is it worth risking the privacy of students who use it as well as potentially that of their families?

Republicans Using Fake Websites to Trick Donors Is Just the Start

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

Not thinking anything of it he entered his financial information and hit submit. What he didn't notice was the small print at the bottom of the screen.

The Invisible World of Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Pratap Chatterjee

It's increasingly clear that the online world is, for both government surveillance types and corporate sellers, a new Wild West where anything goes. This is especially true when it comes to spying on you and gathering every imaginable version of your "data."