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Does Europe need an industry data protection right?

19 Jun, 2016   | by:

On June 15, the Representation of the state North-Rhine Westphalia to the EU hosted a panel of renowned experts and high-level representatives from the European Commission and the industry, all gathered in Brussels to answer a daunting question: does the EU data economy need an industry data protection right?

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A library with no silence – Toute le mémoire du monde

11 Mar, 2015   | by:

A few weeks ago, I watched Toute le mémoire du monde as part of a project I was working on. It’s a short documentary film by Alain Resnais. Shallow as I am, I have a soft corner for high-resolution and detailed color display. But this film, in all it’s shades of grey (pardon the reference) captured my interests, into this contemplative essay.
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Using NYC Taxi Data to identify Muslim taxi drivers

21 Jan, 2015   | by:

Remember that NYC Taxi data set that allowed you to see who visited a gentlemen’s clubs and which celebrity took a taxi where? Reddit user uluman now seems to have found a way to distinguish Muslim taxi drivers from the set. More…

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Big Data and how humans learn…

2 Oct, 2014   | by:

This might be one of the most interesting videos I’ve seen lately – although it’s from 2011. But basically this TED Talk “The Birth of a Word” starts with the tracking of how a child learns how to talk and goes on to modelling the brain of society as a whole. More…

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Which celebrity is taking a taxi where? And what gentlemen’s club are you visiting?

23 Sep, 2014   | by:

A dataset released by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is causing quite some uproar in the privacy community. The set contains details about every yellow cab ride in New York in 2013, including the pickup and drop off times, locations, fare and tip amounts, as well as anonymized (hashed) versions of the taxi’s license and medallion numbers. The dataset was not released voluntarily by the Commission, but was acquired through a Freedom of Information request.

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A collection of the comments on ‘Big Data and Consumer Privacy in the Internet Economy’

15 Aug, 2014   | by:

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration, which is part of the US Department of Commerce has kept note of most (if not all) the public commentary on the request posed by the NTIA in early June comments on ‘‘‘Big data’’ developments and how they impact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights’. On 5 August the consultation closed and the NTIA has now published all the public commentary on its website. 44 People or organisations responded including Microsoft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reed Elsevier Inc, ARTICLE 29 Data Protection Working Party and The Internet Association which represents among other Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Ebay & Paypal, Twitter, and Netflix.

Full list of all the commentary: See here.

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