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

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.09.2016 | 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.

Grime and Open Data: A Match Made in London

Jack Hardinges | Posted 11.05.2016 | Arts
Jack Hardinges

Through a Vice documentary last year, grime artist JME asked for transparency to be brought to something that affects both his livelihood and his way of life: performing music. Without realizing it, he may well have been talking about a need for open data.

The Effect of Visuals in Daily Business Operations

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 11.05.2016 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

The times when visual content was associated with more 'light-hearted' businesses like entertainment or lifestyle journalism are long gone.

Data Privacy and Security in a Post-Safe Harbor Era

Bob Muglia | Posted 11.03.2016 | Technology
Bob Muglia

Data without borders may be a thing of the past. On Oct. 6, the European Court of Justice declared the Safe Harbor structure to be invalid. Since its establishment, Safe Harbor has provided a simple, legal mechanism to transfer Personal Data outside of Europe to data centers located in the U.S.

From Academia to Entrepreneurship: In Dialogue with Joe Hellerstein, Sean Kandel, and Jeffrey Heer

Sharad Khare | Posted 11.01.2016 | Technology
Sharad Khare

When I first met Joe Hellerstein, Sean Kandel, and Jeffrey Heer, I learned how academia could become a very great part of entrepreneurship. These gentlemen took their research, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to engage the data industry by storm.

More Inclusive Governance In The Digital Age

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 10.30.2016 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Governments should create channels to empower existing communities and their networks. Networks are digital, hyper-local, and at the same time, global. High levels of experimentation are necessary to test and pioneer diverse strategies in cities of different sizes.

What Does "Relevant" Really Mean?

Michael Pasco | Posted 10.28.2016 | Technology
Michael Pasco

All informed marketers know one thing moving into 2016: consumers don't respond to irrelevant messaging. But how do you know what content is "relevant" when the definition is so broad and audience perception is always changing?

The Open Data Charter: A Roadmap for Using a Global Resource

Joel Gurin | Posted 10.26.2016 | Impact
Joel Gurin

The Charter is a watershed moment for a global movement that has been pushing governments to make more data more open in better ways. Open data is essential to government accountability: It enables citizens to scrutinize the workings of government, ask questions, and take action.

Hey, We're Doing Pretty Well As A Species. Just Look At The Data.

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 10.23.2015 | Media

Fixers is a series from What's Working that profiles the people behind the most creative solutions to big problems. Stories are subjective, but numbe...

Seize the Opportunity for a Sustainable Path

Victoria Espinel | Posted 10.22.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

In "The collapse of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik's Cube," Microsoft's Brad Smith provides insight on ways to ensure European...

Why Quality Data Matters for the Global Goals

Joan Hanawi | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

Using tools that bridge the gap between the reality in rural communities and the technology of the developed world allows for the collection of better quality data, which is the key to achieving the Global Goals.

What's the Big Deal With Data?

Victoria Espinel | Posted 10.21.2016 | 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...

Meet The Man Who Took Facebook To Court In Europe And Won Big

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.07.2015 | Technology

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Faceb...

The EJC Ruling on Data Privacy - "You Never Know the Value of Something Until You Lose It"

Professor Mark Skilton | Posted 10.05.2016 | Technology
Professor Mark Skilton

There needs to be something that is balancing local citizen personal rights with the large internet companies that often are not from those countries providing a "defacto mandate" that seems stacked in their favour to use your persona data.

To Data or Not To Data: Capturing the Humanities in Motion

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.06.2016 | Education
Christine Henseler

We have a social responsibility to reshape what really counts among all the counting. I deeply believe that the transformative and perhaps even surprising identity of tomorrow's humanities must be built on the solidity of our century-old foundations.

You are What You Eat: How Poor Data is Sabotaging Your Marketing Well Being

Advertising Week | Posted 10.02.2016 | Business
Advertising Week

By Yosha Ulrich-Sturmat, VP of Product Marketing, Neustar Cheap, plentiful, and easy to get, today's vast quantity of available marketing data is sed...

Making Chinese Cities Smarter: Leapfrogging Intra-city Transport Development with 'Big Data'

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The period 2015/2016 is unique and remarkable for the development prospects of China. First, last week China took part in the UN global summit regarding the adoption of 17 sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

5 States Where Identity Theft Is a Major Problem

NerdWallet | Posted 09.29.2016 | Business

The most common kind of identity theft is fraud involving government benefits or documents, such as Social Security cards, passports and driver's licenses. Other types of fraud involve credit cards, phone or utility accounts, banks and employment.

Ten Years After Katrina: The Evolution of Corporate Response to Disasters

Daryl Brewster | Posted 09.28.2016 | Impact
Daryl Brewster

At the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, CECP looks back at how disaster relief response has changed among companies. We found that overall, the data show that aggregate giving from corporations for disaster relief has declined over the last five years. A deeper look into the data and additional resources shows that it's a complex story. We explored:

Can Open Data Drive Innovative Healthcare?

Techonomy | Posted 09.25.2016 | Science

As healthcare systems worldwide become increasingly digitized, medical scientists and health researchers have more data than ever. Yet much valuable health information remains locked in proprietary or hidden databases. A growing number of open data initiatives aim to change this, but it won't be easy.

This Is The Prescription For A Comfortable Retirement

Catherine Golladay | Posted 09.24.2016 | Money
Catherine Golladay

While it is encouraging that participants understand the importance of professional 401(k) advice, just 12 percent of those with access to it are actually using it - meaning the vast majority are missing out on critical guidance.

California Schools Latest to Get New Student Test Results; So, Now What?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.23.2016 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Whenever standardized test scores are released, the data seems to implicitly label schools as "good" or "bad" which in turn stimulate calls to improve the "bad" scores.

What Apple's Ad Blocking Could Mean For The Future Of The Internet

Jeffrey Zeldman | Posted 09.23.2016 | Technology
Jeffrey Zeldman

Your site may soon be collateral damage in a war between Silicon Valley superpowers. Apple is trying to hurt arch-rival Google while providing a more elegant web experience than user-hostile ad networks have previously allowed. This is a great example of acting in your own self-interest, yet smelling like a rose.

The New Graduate Schools

Apryl DeLancey | Posted 09.22.2016 | Technology
Apryl DeLancey

Physicians and lawyers take continuing education classes for most of their career. Why wouldn't statisticians, programmers and other executives? I really got a boost after attending one of the "new" graduate schools -- one of those coding boot camps.

The Web Is Worldwide -- Shouldn't Privacy Protections Be Global as Well?

Victoria Espinel | Posted 09.16.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Barging into a foreign data center would be a major invasion of that country's sovereignty. Imagine the uproar if foreign police tried to a similar move in the United States.