Countries can be better prepared and respond faster to disease outbreaks if public health data is shared more freely.
Sharing data openly across regions and organisations can help to accelerate preparedness and responses to public health emergencies.
Google’s size isn’t the only reason way it exerts market power.
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US lawmakers and regulators are beginning to investigate big tech's growing power, but they need to look beyond size and into their very natures.
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Civil society groups continue to fight against the creeping demands of the UK's immigration system.
Advances in machine learning may allow data that is de-identified now to be re-dentified in the future.
Words matter – not just for building trust and understanding, but for weighing up legal issues. So maybe "open" and "shared" aren't the right words to use when we refer to our data.
Finding the optimal route to benefiting from AI is like navigating a maze for most governments.
Most businesses are only just starting to figure out how to put artificial intelligence to work. But governments are also increasing their focus on this prediction enabling technology.
Mark Zuckerberg's decision to heavily restrict Facebook's APIs turns an opaque social network into an unaccountable black box.
Information about who rides where and when is useful for city planners and policymakers, but also a valuable commodity in its own right.
Australians can see the impact of dockless bike sharing on the streets of their cities. The huge store of data collected about user journeys is less visible, but just as important.
Obama annually welcomed students to the White House with their Science Fair projects.
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The outgoing president leaves behind some solid accomplishments in the world of science, tech and medicine. But the biggest departure from his predecessors might have been in his approach.
Why the rush to replace the Safe Harbour datasharing agreement with something just as leaky? It smacks of placing transatlantic trade over European privacy.
Don’t lock it away, do something useful with it.
In areas as diverse as transport, health or commerce, the answer to many problems starts with open data.
This man won’t keep you safe.
James Bond and his ilk are out-dated. Better understanding and sharing of data will save more lives than spies.
Why did people make their personal information so easily available to a company that facilitates cheating?
In the Ashley Madison hack were reports of 74,468 unique ".edu" email addresses. If people chose to use their .edu addresses, what does that tell us about awareness of privacy online?
IWF moves will control only the most visible child abuse images online.
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The Internet Watch foundation is to share its database of abusive image digital signatures in a drive to clean up the internet.
Everyone wants to get their hands on it.
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Firms want your data, but if they offer to pay it's likely they stand to gain more than you do.
Is your smartwatch spying on you?
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As wearables record more personal and physical activity data about us, we risk giving away more than we'd imagine.
‘Sign it? I mean, have you
seen these new Facebook terms and conditions?’
The Liberal Democrats have been a lone voice among the parties calling for a digital bill of rights governing our growing use of the internet. But is it the right solution for the problem in hand?
Donate data like blood, and we can look for answers in the patterns we find.
In the future it will be possible to donate our personal data to charitable causes. All sorts of data is recorded about us as we go about our daily lives – what we buy, where we go, who we call on the…
The consent policies of popular websites would take a month to read. Perhaps including a sign like this would be a simpler solution.
We live in a world increasingly dominated by our personal data. Some of those data we choose to reveal, for example, through social media, email and the billions – yes, billions – of messages, photos and…
Don’t look a big data gift horse in the mouth.
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There have been so many leaks, hacks and scares based on misuse or misappropriation of personal data that any thought that “big data” could provide benefits rather than only opportunities for harm may…
OpenOffice.org helped make Open Document Format popular.
We often wish to share electronic documents with friends, colleagues, business or government, and the software application we use to prepare these documents will save them in a particular format. Any application…