Posts tagged big data

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Meeting of the Minds Episode 1: Big Data, with Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard (by Gerd Leonhard)

Great talks - must view!!

Datawars and the future of Advertising: Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard at Guardian Ad Summit (by Gerd Leonhard)

One of my best talks on this topic. You can download the slides via my blog

The Future of Privacy after the NSA/PRISM revelations; Futurists Ross Dawson & Gerd Leonhard (by Gerd Leonhard)

Read the whole story here:

Today, Glenn Greenwald and his team published a pretty mind-boggling story on the Guardian (header image is via The Guardian, too, btw). This piece reveals another chapter in the Edward Snowden saga which, incredibly, seems to get worse and more far-reaching every week. Very bad news for President Obama as well as for ‘Mutti Merkel’ in Germany (facing the election on Sept 22). The details that are coming out in this piece could easily beat even Cory Doctorow’s most daring science fiction spins on the ‘big brother’ theme.  Personally, I have no clue why the likes of Intelligence Director Clapper and NSA boss General Alexander are still allowed to maintain their positions after everything that has come to light, so far – it boggles the mind to observe how President Obama is getting away with this. But…maybe not.

Anyhow, here are some juicy bits by  and  via theguardian.com, Thursday 5 September 2013 20.00 BST (high-lights added by me). There are some pretty incredible statements here – things are actually even worse than I thought when I penned my data wars and prism ultimatum posts just a few weeks ago. It turns out I was being vastly optimistic about what is actually going down.

US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet: NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products  • Security experts say programs ‘undermine the fabric of the internet’

meetingofthemindsv:

Data is the new oil - Gerd explains his idea to Phil Blizzard in the above video. 

In another related presentation, Gerd’s message was this: “Big Data. Big Intelligence. Big Opportunities”  (delivered at Luxembourg Business Compass conference organised by KPMG and Luxemburger Wort). Read more here http://www.kpmg.com/LU/en/IssuesAndInsights/Articlespublications/Pages/DataistrulythenewOil.aspx 

16.20 - 16.40: Keynote: the future of technology and advertising: big data, zero privacy? Gerd Leonhard, futurist, author, CEO of The Futures Agency

Changing Advertising Summit 2013 programme | Media Network | guardian.co.uk

Meet me in London Oct 8 —- should be great fun::)

Empire - Empire of Secrets (by AlJazeeraEnglish)

Great show on PRISM, Big Data

According to Der Spiegel, the US surveillance system spied on some 500 million telephone and internet recordings in Germany each month, ramping up fears that the United States was not simply collecting data to prevent against acts of terrorism, but was involved in full-scale industrial espionage. (via Bugged by US spying, EU may sever ties with American internet providers — RT News)

According to Der Spiegel, the US surveillance system spied on some 500 million telephone and internet recordings in Germany each month, ramping up fears that the United States was not simply collecting data to prevent against acts of terrorism, but was involved in full-scale industrial espionage. (via Bugged by US spying, EU may sever ties with American internet providers — RT News)

There is a public sentiment against the U.S. government actions in Europe,” said Oxford professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. “People feel they have been deceived; people feel that they cannot trust the U.S. government.

If data is indeed a new kind of public resource (just consider the 100s of open data initiatives by cities and governments around the world) than we need to have collective authority over it, not leave our fate to some large corporations or, worse, the national governments that regulate them under their own secret agendas where we have no redress or opt-in whatsoever. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, MSFT, listen-up: unless you fix these issues and significantly step up your efforts to defend the rights of your users you may very soon need to pay them to use your services. We trusted you and now it’s time to act on our behalf. In my view, it is indeed totally unacceptable that the U.S. government and its law enforcement agencies, and by extension its various allies around the globe, or some secret FISA court apparently get to define and enforce the global policy of ‘data-oil’, and in the process squash our civil rights. (via The coming data wars, the rise of digital totalitarianism and why internet users need to take a stand - NOW - Futurist, Author and Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard)

At best,” writes Bershidsky, “the recent revelations concerning Prism and telephone surveillance might deter potential recruits to terrorist causes from using the most visible parts of the Internet.
Marketing is transforming from control to collaboration. Simply pushing a message out via traditional print, radio, TV or even internet advertising is fading. There is a growing effectiveness in multi-channel marketing which maps to buying behavior (start comparison shopping on-line on your PC, visit the brick and mortar store with your on-line device making you smarter in real time and then finish the transaction at home on your tablet); social media interactions (seeking peer feedback on products); and precision marketing (i.e. location based awareness of the mobile shopper in your store who can be targeted for a promotion in real time).
The bottom line is this: I love America for a lot of very good reasons, and I have spend a good part of my life there, but this blatant obsession with snooping and surveillance under the pretense of national security must stop, and soon – or else the rest of the world must re-consider all future involvement with those that sanction and engineer this Orwellian detour. A Benjamin Franklin quote comes to mind (perversely so): “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” (via 5 reasons why the Snowden / NSA / PRISM affair is indeed a game changer for the Future of the Internet - Futurist, Author and Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard)

The bottom line is this: I love America for a lot of very good reasons, and I have spend a good part of my life there, but this blatant obsession with snooping and surveillance under the pretense of national security must stop, and soon – or else the rest of the world must re-consider all future involvement with those that sanction and engineer this Orwellian detour. A Benjamin Franklin quote comes to mind (perversely so): “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” (via 5 reasons why the Snowden / NSA / PRISM affair is indeed a game changer for the Future of the Internet - Futurist, Author and Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard)

You soon learn that 66% of lost hikers are found within two miles of the spot last seen. You impose a ring over your map reflecting this two-mile perimeter. You then learn that 52% of lost hikers are found downhill, only 32% go up, and 16% keep walking at the same elevation. You impose an elevation layer on the area with all the land above the last point seen shaded one color and the land beneath it shaded another. You can even impose a new lens depicting tree and plant cover and open fields, and one depicting linear objects like trails, roads, power lines, and streams, knowing that the vast majority of lost hikers follow some sort of linear marker to avoid going in circles.

Mapping the Future with Big Data | World Future Society

Pretty amazing example of how Big Data can be used to dramatically change the outcome of real-life scenarios.

Thanks to Patrick Tucker at WFS for posting this!

The recent incidents surrounding Prism, a large scale electronic surveillance program managed by the NSA, have sparked a new privacy debate in the United States and around the world. While alleged whistleblower Edward Snowden is hiding from U.S. authorities to avoid prosecution for possible treason, the discussion about the necessary trade offs between personal freedom and national security has sprung back to life.

Technology companies such as Google and Facebook have denied allegations that they granted the NSA wide-ranging access to user data. Both companies are currently seeking permission to publish aggregate data about NSA data inquiries, in order to maintain a large degree of transparency and regain user trust.