Deepfakes, Space Technology, Football & Data, Data Bros, Data Breaches, Data Monetization

This week we begin with an article on the release of a database of 100,000 Deepfakes by Facebook, to teach AI how to identify them and prevent them from being misused. The next piece discusses the need for developing countries to expand capabilities in the processing of data acquired from space exploration initiatives. The following article is about the use of advanced data algorithms by Football Clubs like Liverpool to scout for new players. Next, we cover the rise of informal researchers, referred to as “Armchair Epidemiologists” and “Data Bros”, who are flooding the internet with research and data analysis on COVID -19. Then we cover a piece about data breaches and how they may cost public companies, USD 116 million on average. Lastly, we have included an article by Forbes that explores new streams of monetizing data, directly or indirectly.

Facebook just released a database of 100,000 deepfakes to teach AI how to spot them

Deepfakes⁠ have struck a nerve with the public and researchers alike. There is something uniquely disturbing about these AI-generated images of people appearing to say or do something they didn’t.

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Space and the profusion of data – the new development frontier?

Space is not just for astronauts. It’s the next frontier for tackling humanity’s most intractable problems such as food security, climate change, and social inequality, as revealed at the first World Space Forum late last year.

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Using Advanced Scouting Data to Find Liverpool a Timo Werner Alternative

Some of world football’s smartest transfer strategies are anchored and driven by data analysis. Liverpool are a top-line example; their work with numbers and models flagged up Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah (among others) as ideal additions to the team. That’s brought them goals, profit and trophies—in that order.

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“Armchair epidemiologists” and “data bros”: Inside the DIY world of Covid-19 research

Science used to be done by a select few, inside high-tech laboratories and dusty university offices. Studies would go on for years, and when they were published, results would be locked behind journal paywalls, ready to be read by a handful of fellow specialists. But this was before we had a pandemic on our hands.

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Report: Average data breach costs public companies $116M

An Audit Analytics report on cyber-security breaches at public companies found the sensitivity of customer information stolen—along with length of time it took companies to report breaches—greatly affected the financial damage the breaches caused.

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Data Monetization: New Value Streams You Need Right Now

With traditional business income streams drying up or in long-term jeopardy due to the pandemic-spawned economic crisis, organizations need to identify new sources of value such as from the surfeit of available data. Getting this right is a challenge that CIOs and chief data officers (CDOs) in particular must master.

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