Data Access & Privacy, Facebook Breach, Geographic Data, Humans & Data, ESG Automation, and Deepfake Detectors

This week, we begin with an article about the importance of striking a balance between data access and privacy in order to protect individual rights and society as a whole. Next, we have a piece about the latest Facebook data breach and what businesses can learn from it. The following article is about geographic databases that store the complex elements required to characterise the world. Following this, we have an article about how much data humans are producing and where it is all stored in today’s day and age. Next is a piece on how automation can impact the environmental, social and governance (ESG) data sector. Finally, we have a report on how automated deepfake detection systems have underrepresented people of a certain gender or skin colour, resulting in racial biases.

Balancing data rights is about protecting human rights

2020 was a year like no other. Amid many other lessons, the crises of the last year showed once and for all that how we manage and use data can both save and destroy lives. As the founder of the Open Data Charter, I have campaigned for a fairer balance of data rights for a decade. It has not always been easy to convince governments that decisions regarding how data is collected, shared and used have stark human consequences. 

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What the Facebook Data Breach Can Teach Us?

Last month, it was reported that more than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries had their phone numbers, Facebook identification credentials, full names, locations, birthdates and some email addresses uploaded onto a hacking forum. This was caused by a security issue, a contact import functionality.

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Geographic databases hold worlds of information

Geographic databases and associated geospatial information systems were created to hold complex information about the world and answer the questions about location that are often the first questions analysts ask of data.

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The world’s data explained: how much we’re producing and where it’s all stored

Ancient humans stored information in cave paintings, the oldest we know of are over 40,000 years old. As humans evolved, the emergence of languages and the invention of writing led to detailed information being stored in various written forms, culminating with the invention of paper in China around the first century AD. The oldest printed books appeared in China between AD600 and AD900. For over a millennium, books remained the main source of information storage.

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The Next Wave Of Automation: ESG Data

The raison d’être behind automation is efficiency. We’ve watched Manufacturing 2.0 springboard off innovative architecture to futuristic factories reliant on robotics, cloud and edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and other Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity.

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Deepfake detectors and datasets exhibit racial and gender bias, USC study shows

Some experts have expressed concern that machine learning tools could be used to create deepfakes, or videos that take a person in an existing video and replace them with someone else’s likeness. The fear is that these fakes might be used to do things like sway opinion during an election or implicate a person in a crime. 

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