5 Good Reads in Big Open Data: Feb 6 2015
The Dark Side of Open Data – via Forbes:
There’s no reason to doubt that opening to the public of data previously unreleased by governments, if well managed, can be a boon for the economy and, ultimately, for the citizens themselves. It wouldn’t hurt, however, to strip out the grandiose rhetoric that sometimes surrounds them, and look, case by case, at the contexts and motivations that lead to their disclosure.
Bigger Data; Same Laptop -via Frank McSherry: throwing more machines at a problem isn’t necessarily the best approach. A laptop can outperform clusters when used effectively. This post uses the Web Data Commons 128 billion edge Hyperlink Graph, created using Common Crawl data, to showcase that.
Fixing Verizon’s permacookie – via Slate: 9 lines of code could make Verizon’s controversial user-tracking system slightly less invasive and much less creepy.
Interact with Committee to Protect Journalist ‘s Data- via Reuters Graphics: interactive map of journalists killed over time and by location
The EU wants the rest of the world to forget too – via The New York Times:
Countries have different standards for acceptable speech and for invasions of privacy. American libel laws, for example, are much more permissive than those in Britain. That’s why authors sometimes find it easier to have some books published in United States than in Britain. There is no doubt that the Internet has made it harder for governments to enforce certain rules and laws because information is not easily contained within borders. But that does not justify restricting the information available to citizens of other countries.
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