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Opinion: Data Analysis Could Help in Marathon Investigation

BIG DATA—U.S.

April 17, 2013

Scott Sigmund Gartner writes for USA TODAY that while privacy concerns persist with Big Data, it also may be the investigative tool that helps expose those responsible for Monday’s bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. By combing through the thousands of videos from spectators, media and security cameras, authorities can crunch “an unimaginable amount of data through social network, facial recognition, geographical information systems and other analytical algorithms,” possibly revealing “who seems to be there for the race, for business or possibly for evil intent.” He added, “One of the frequently misunderstood implications of Big Data is how seemingly unimportant information can be very, very salient.”
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