Supply Chains, Personal Data, DreamHost, Storms, Agristack, and Apple vs FB

This week, we begin with an article about how businesses can approach data management through the lens of data products and supply chains. Next, we have a piece about how data trusts could help fund universal basic income by allowing organisations to access personal data. The following article delves into the database breach at DreamHost, the world’s largest web host, which exposed the personal details of 815 million website owners. Following that, we have an article about a new global database created by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on thunderstorms that occurred in the last 20 years. Next is a piece about the Indian government’s recent MOU with Microsoft to develop Agristack, a unified farmer service interface, and how it raises serious concerns about information asymmetry, data privacy, and consent. Finally, we have a video detailing Apple’s new app tracking transparency feature in iOS 14 and how it will affect Facebook’s business growth.

Your Data Supply Chains Are Probably a Mess. Here’s How to Fix Them

Data management has bedeviled large companies for decades. Almost all firms spend a lot on it but find the results unsatisfactory. While the issue does not appear to be growing worse, resolving it is increasingly urgent as managers and companies strive to become more data driven, leverage advanced analytics and artificial intelligence, and compete with data. 

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How Selling Our Personal Data Can Fund Universal Basic Income

Universal basic income (UBI) is the radical idea of giving every person a tax-free, flat amount of income, irrespective of their wealth or employment status. Proponents of UBI point to the accelerating transition of the economy from secure, full-time jobs toward zero-hour gig contracts, and argue that UBI will be necessary to fund citizen well-being in an increasingly uncertain labor market. 

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DreamHost Mistake Leaks 815 Million-Record Database Of Website Owner Data

A huge database belonging to one of the world’s largest web hosts, Los Angeles-based DreamHost, was left open online earlier this year, leaking names, usernames and email addresses of its customers, a cybersecurity researcher has warned. The data, wrapped up in a database containing 815 million records, also included administrator and user information for DreamPress, DreamHost’s widely used service for WordPress websites. 

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Building a Global Storm Database

A new global database built by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) captures characteristics and rainfall data of strong thunderstorms from the past 20 years. Including storms in both midlatitude and tropical zones is key to capturing how contrasting storm behavior and corresponding precipitation could affect populated regions of the globe.

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Agristack: The New Digital Push in Agriculture Raises Serious Concerns

On April 13, 2021, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft Corporation to start a pilot project in 100 villages of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The MoU requires Microsoft to create a ‘Unified Farmer Service Interface’ through its cloud computing services.

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Apple vs Facebook – The Great Privacy Fight

The video discusses about Apple’s new app tracking transparency feature in iOS 14, which gives users the option of allowing a specific app to track and share data and how it will affect Facebook’s business growth.

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