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Big Value or Big Brother?

BIG DATA—U.S.

March 1, 2013

John Havens writes for Mashable about the potential for Big Data across all sectors—government, health and city planning, to name a few—and advocates that industry take control of this evolution. While privacy figures prominently in the discussion, “industry has to arrive at a level of self-regulation or it will get regulated by people who don’t understand what they’re doing,” says Edd Dumbill of O’Reilly Radar. Havens notes that privacy concerns keep organizations from “fully leveraging” Big Data and advocates vertically integrated data solutions and a “team of connected experts” to manage those concerns. Meanwhile, NETWORKWORLD reports about the danger to privacy rights if data is allowed to be mined indiscriminately, questioning “how it would be possible for Big Data analytics not to become ‘Big Brother.’”
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