How the Meaning of Digital Transformation Has Evolved

How the Meaning of Digital Transformation Has Evolved

Think back to 2007. A young senator named Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president. The housing bubble started to burst. Apple released the first iPhone. It wasn’t long ago and, yet, in technology terms, it’s almost an eternity. A decade ago, companies were mainly focused on data mining, search technology, and virtual collaboration. Today, executives are directing their energy …

The government won't protect your internet privacy

The government won’t protect your internet privacy, so here’s how to do it yourself

The big money of the internet comes from tracking and selling user data to better target ads. Do one search for “power drills” and you’ll be inundated with ads for related products across your whole web experience. Those are targeted ad dollars at work. This is at the core of Facebook and Google’s business models, and for good reason: the …

Australia finally has mandatory data breach nofitication

Australia finally has mandatory data breach nofitication

Australia will have a mandatory data breach notification scheme in place within the year after several aborted attempts, following the passage of legislation through the senate today. The Labor and Liberal parties today united to pass the government’s Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 into law. The passage came despite a last-ditch attempt by the Greens to make changes to …

A $280 billion healthcare problem ripe for technology innovation and predictive analytics

A $280 billion healthcare problem ripe for technology innovation and predictive analytics

Mental health and substance abuse treatment are on track to be a $280 billion problem by 2020. This is the tip of the iceberg. If you include untreated individuals and people with developmental disabilities, age-related conditions and so on, the magnitude of the problem is much higher. Behavioral health (BH) issues — which include substance abuse in addition to mental …

Humans are the weak link in Big Data

Humans are the weak link in Big Data

In recent posts I’ve looked at how untested software can skew results, and dishonest scientists who manufacture data. But supply side issues aren’t the only problem with Big Data. We have to look at how humans deal with information we’ve never had before. Take climate change. We know the planet is getting warmer. Almost all competent scientists agree that increased …