Porn, Big Data, and What We Search For When No One’s Looking

Posted by & filed under data analytics, data mining, national culture, pornography, Sentiment Analysis, user habits.

Description: Porngram is a new data tool that mines the depths of human sexuality–in charts. Source: Fast Company Date: January 31, 2014 Ah, porn. The reason incognito mode was invented. A new paper offers an instructive look into the fascinating perusing habits of warm-blooded Internet users, and compiles all that revealing data into useful charts. (Hat tip to The… Read more »

Rovio Denies Providing Angry Birds User Data To The NSA, Points Finger At Third-Party Ad Networks

Posted by & filed under Advertisement, app, data mining, ethics, Gaming, Privacy, Security.

Description: Rovio is being accused of allowing third party snooping agents to tap into their gaming user’s data. Rovio denies co-operation with any government surveillance. Source: TechCrunch Date: January 28, 2014  A new report originating from the ongoing Snowden document trove presents the terrifying possibility that our casual gaming habits offer government surveillance agencies a look at some key… Read more »

Apple Says It Has Never Worked With NSA To Create iPhone Backdoors, Is Unaware Of Alleged DROPOUTJEEP Snooping Program

Posted by & filed under app, Apple, data mining, iphone, IS ethics, Privacy, Security.

Description: A statement was released by Apple claiming that they have never worked with the NSA  In fact, they state that their customers’ privacy is of high importance and steps are constantly being taken to deter “malicious hackers”. Source: Tech Crunch Date: December 31, 2013 Apple has contacted TechCrunch with a statement about the DROPOUTJEEP NSA program… Read more »

Online Retailer ModCloth Adds Crowdsourced Apparel Fittings

Posted by & filed under business models, data mining, Ecommerce, media, peer file sharing.

Description: Customer fitting for online buyers has always been one of the main issues for online retailers. Vintage and retro-style women’s clothing company ModCloth believe they have found the answer by crowdsourcing  information on different types of sizes to find a perfect fit for their customers. Source: CNET Date: November 1, 2013 Online apparel store ModCloth… Read more »

Google’s data mining raises questions of national security

Posted by & filed under Analytics, cloud services, cyber war, data analytics, data mining, Data storage, Digital Policy, Security.

Description: Free cloud service providers collect and store massive amounts of personal data. While this data is usually well-protected and secure, given the right incentive, there is no question that hackers could compromise the security of even the largest cloud service providers. So what are governments doing to protect their sensitive data? Source: TheGuardian  Date: October 15,… Read more »

Class2Go: Stanford’s New Open-Source Platform For Online Education

Posted by & filed under Analytics, business models, data analytics, data mining, education, online education, YouTube.

Description: Higher education institutions have been expanding their resources online by offering extra courses and diplomas that can be earned at a student’s leisure. Stanford University has been at the center of this expansion but their newest iteration, Class2Go, offers something significantly different from its MOOC predecessors. Source: TechCrunch Date: September 17th, 2012 The cost… Read more »

Mitt Romney 2012 campaign uses secretive data-mining

Posted by & filed under data analytics, data mining.

Description: Mitt Romney’s success in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in the costliest presidential race ever can be traced in part to a secretive data-mining project that sifts through Americans’ personal information — including their purchasing history and church attendance — to identify new and likely, wealthy donors, Source: www.clarionledger.com Date: Aug 24, 2012… Read more »

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Posted by & filed under data mining, disruptive technology, education, fraud, hackers, Internet, Privacy, Security, smartphones.

Description: Everyone is at risk of a personal security breach, even Wired‘s Mat Honan. These 10 simple tips can help you improve your privacy online. Source: forbes.com Date: August 23rd, 2012 Over the weekend, I wound up atWashington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to… Read more »

If Charles Darwin Created Foursquare, It Might Look Like This

Posted by & filed under data mining, foursquare, iphone, smart phones, smartphones, Social Media.

Description: Project Noah wants to create a database of every living creature in the world with user generated content. This breakthrough smartphone application has already led to noteworthy discoveries in its fight against Nature Deficit Disorder. Source: Mashable.com Date: April 20 2012 Big Idea: Project Noah harnesses the power of mobile to let users contribute… Read more »