Crypto Reporting, Fair Data & Forest, Data Hack Ways, Unstructured Data, Data & Website, Tech Data Share

This week, we begin with the requirement for better reporting and transparency in crypto adoption to get more clarity & consistency. Next is a paper highlighting how open and findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) tropical forest data can be “extremely unfair” to those who physically measure and identify millions of trees. Then, we have an article outlining the new techniques of data-stealing used by cybercriminals & tips to conquer them. Following that, we have a piece on the potential of unstructured data management tagging. Next, is an essay discussing the use of data to inform accessibility across your website and how to improve that using some recommendations. Lastly, we have a proposal by senators and other high-ranking politicians that tech companies should be required to share their data when requested.

Crypto Brings Transparency, But Crypto Reporting Needs To Catch Up

Bitcoin BTC and other cryptocurrencies might have started the conversation around the concept of blockchain and crypto for enterprises, but during the last several years the number of organizations embracing these technologies has rapidly expanded as other cryptoassets have been created. Banking institutions, payment processors, credit card companies, insurance organizations, logistics and transportation firms, medical firms, colleges and universities, and almost every other type of company in the world has dabbled with the implementation of blockchain and/or cryptoasset solutions.

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Open And Fair Data In Tropical Forests

There is global demand for data on tropical forests from scientists, governmental and nongovernmental bodies, and businesses like those selling carbon credits. But despite the high demand, people tasked with ground-level data collection are often underprivileged. A new paper underscored inequities in data-gathering processes by pointing to how tropical forest data that are open and findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) can be “extremely unfair” to those who actually make forest measurements—the technicians, field assistants, and students primarily responsible for physically measuring and identifying millions of trees.

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Three Clever Ways Cyber Criminals Hack Your Personal Data

Cybercriminals constantly search for new ways to hack into your computer, steal your money and data. It’s bad enough there are phishing schemes sent via email. Posers pretend to be family or friends who supposedly need money urgently but can’t talk by phone. “Please reply to this email,” they say. We have to be on guard for criminals who data mine our social media to determine passwords and answers to security questions.

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Unlocking Value with Unstructured Data Tagging

Enterprise IT teams everywhere struggle to manage the massive amounts of unstructured data stored across multiple platforms. This presents IT teams with a data management problem: the value of unstructured data may not be accessible or even known. The focus historically has been on finding the lowest-cost data storage solution and not on unlocking value. To make this shift from managing volumes to delivering value, it’s important to identify, inspect, scrub, and sort the file objects before sending them to the destination analytics environment.

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How Data Can Improve Your Website’s Accessibility

Website accessibility is an essential consideration for any business that hosts web content. Both internal (employee-facing) and external (customer-facing) sites should meet certain conditions to guarantee that anyone can access them with reasonable accommodation. Data provides a way to measure these conditions and ensure your website is not only accessible but inclusive. That’s because data, both qualitative and quantitative, can highlight accessibility pain points as well as opportunities for improvement. 

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Tech Companies Might Need To Share Their Data: That’s Good & Bad

Right now, Congress is discussing whether big tech companies should be required to share their data if requested. There was a hearing Wednesday held by senators and other high-ranking politicians titled “Platform Transparency: Understanding the Impact of Social Media”. During the hearing, certain people brought up why they think that companies should be required to share their data when requested, but we don’t know if this will even pass. For all we know, this proposal could be tossed in the trash. 

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