Posted by: crudbasher | March 20, 2013

A Data Driven Society – Part 1

Between a new job at work, a 5 week old boy at home and blogging, occasionally something has to give. Yesterday it was blogging (unless someone suggests I should not feed my son or sleep in order to blog lol). Deep thinking when sleep deprived is not recommended and yet over the last few days I was able to put a few things together in a theme for the next 3 days!! I want to do a deep dive into the implications of living in a data driven society. I think this will have a huge impact in Education. Indeed, one of the buzz phrases the last few years is Learning Analytics.

I have talked before about new technologies occurring at a faster and faster rate. This creates a disruptive effect in society as it struggles to adapt to each change. Norms and customs of usage have to be developed and laws sometimes need to be created to manage new technologies. When change came slowly it wasn’t as hard but we now have certain technologies that are creating a whole bunch of issues that need addressing. So to kick the theme off please consider these stories for today and I’ll start diving into them tomorrow and Friday.

Report: Amazon Is Building the CIA’s New Cloud Computing System 

FCW reports that its sources have told it Amazon will build a private cloud infrastructure for the CIA, to help it “keep up with emerging technologies like big data in a cost-effective manner not possible under the CIA’s previous cloud efforts”.

Seattle dive bar becomes first to ban Google Glass

The 5 Point, a self-described dive bar in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, posted a notice to its Facebook page this week telling Glass Explorers looking to grab a pint that they will need to remove their $1,500 spectacles.

What your car knows about you

It could be the ultimate back-seat driver looking over your shoulder. The black box can tell your auto insurance company things that you wouldn’t want it to know.

Caught on Camera: You are Filmed on CCTV 300 Times a Day in London

A Londoner is caught on a close circuit surveillance camera over 300 times a day, thanks to the 51,600 CCTV cameras installed across Britain controlled by local authorities, almost 20 per cent of the world’s CCTV population

Know Thyself: Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain, 24/7/365

Numbers are making their way into the smallest crevices of our lives. We have pedometers in the soles of our shoes and phones that can post our location as we move around town. We can tweet what we eat into a database and subscribe to Web services that track our finances. There are sites and programs for monitoring mood, pain, blood sugar, blood pressure, heart rate, cognitive alacrity, menstruation, and prayers. Even sleep—a challenge to self-track, obviously, since you’re unconscious—is yielding to the skill of the widget maker. With an accelerometer and some decent algorithms, you will soon be able to record your sleep patterns with technology that costs less than $100.

Record Government Data Requests Reported By Google

(MintPress) – Data released by Google shows the search engine website complies with U.S. government requests for users’ data 88 percent of the time.

The Google Transparency Report shows that from July to December of 2012, federal and local agencies issued more than 8,430 user data requests, applying to more than 14,700 users.

IBM CEO Says ‘Big Data’ Is Company’s Top Priority This Year

“I want you to think about data as the next natural resource,” she told the audience of business and political leaders. Data-based insight helped reduce crime by 30 percent in Memphis, Tennessee, and correctly predicted the outcome of swing states for President Barack Obama’s campaign, she said.


  1. […] Last post I listed a bunch of articles discussing just a small fraction of the amount of information being collected on us and some of the issues society is raising about it. There is actually a whole industry out there of companies that buy and sell and package our data. 10 years ago this was called data mining but today it’s called either big data or data analytics. Different name, same idea. […]

  2. […] part one of this post I talked about some stories lately about gather data and how it is become pervasive. […]

  3. […] Between a new job at work, a 5 week old boy at home and blogging, occasionally something has to give. Yesterday it was blogging (unless someone suggests I should not feed my son or sleep in order t…  […]

  4. […] Data Driven Society – Part 1 Part 2 Part […]

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