Why cities are tapping into big data

Why cities are tapping into big data

Cities have a way to go before they can be considered geniuses. But they’re getting smart pretty fast. In just the past few years, mayors and other officials in cities across the country have begun to draw on the reams of data at their disposal—about income, burglaries, traffic, fires, illnesses, parking citations and more—to tackle many of the problems of …

The Ethics of IoT Usage in Healthcare

The Ethics of IoT Usage in Healthcare

The Internet of Things needs no introduction, but the connectivity we see in so many areas of our life is increasingly coming to healthcare. Indeed, last year I wrote about an effort led by GE to bring about an Internet of Medical Devices. There are undoubtedly huge advantages involved in these kind of projects, especially when the data generated converges …

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European Commission, experts uneasy over WP29 data portability interpretation

The European Commission has written to EU privacy regulators to express concern over their interpretation of the data portability clause in the General Data Protection Regulation.  Specifically, the Commission appears to be worried that the regulators have interpreted too broad a scope for the GDPR’s Article 20. The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), the group that represents EU privacy regulators, …

Ready for new EU data protection rules? Four steps to master compliance

Ready for new EU data protection rules? Four steps to master compliance

With fewer than 500 days until May 2018 rolls around, the countdown to when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect is on. As a regime designed to help protect personal data belonging to citizens of the EU, GDPR doesn’t just impact firms located in Europe. It’s created to ensure people’s personal information is protected regardless of …

Moving to the Cloud: 3 Ways to Ensure Data Sovereignty

Moving to the Cloud: 3 Ways to Ensure Data Sovereignty

Navigating the maze of data sovereignty laws can be intimidating, organizations should not let this deter them from making the move if companies do their due diligence. In the beginning, the cloud was somewhat of a mystery.  This seemingly magical technology has transformed the way many organizations operate, and companies around the world are taking advantage of all that the …

Data Readiness Levels: Turning Data from Palid to Vivid

Data Readiness Levels: Turning Data from Palid to Vivid

Application of models to data is fraught. You are faced with collaborators who sometimes have a very basic understanding of the complications of collating, processing and curating data. Challenges include: poor data collection practices, missing values, inconvenient storage mechanisms, intellectual property, security and privacy. All these aspects obstruct the sharing and interconnection of data. All these problems arise before modeling …

Managing the privacy and security complexities of open data

Managing the privacy and security complexities of open data

A decade ago, Clive Humby — a data science innovator — made headlines when he declared that “data was the new oil”. It is a great metaphor that has even more relevance today because it underlines the potential value of data, when refined, to unlock innovation and productivity across our economy. Indeed, more technology leaders and governments are labelling data as …

Governance and security remain the biggest tech headaches for healthcare

Governance and security remain the biggest tech headaches for healthcare

The$5 trillion health ecosystem in the U.S. is in a position for emerging technologies to disrupt the industry, according to recent reports. In today’s connected world, many healthcare institutions are turning to data to capitalize on patient care, increase productivity and lower costs, with big data at the centerof advancing health for many individuals. However, privacy and security remain a top concern for …

Nonprofits Can Leverage Big Data to Further Their Missions

Nonprofits Can Leverage Big Data to Further Their Missions

Nonprofit organizations often must deal with limited resources. To make the most of those, they need to use the data at their disposal as effectively as possible. At least that’s one piece of advice Jen Bokoff would give to nonprofits. Bokoff is director of knowledge services for Foundation Center, which uses data on a regular basis to help nonprofits around …