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FTC report examines #databrokers | Consumer Information | #PersonalData #Privacy

FTC report examines #databrokers | Consumer Information | #PersonalData #Privacy | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
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For data brokers that provide marketing products, Congress should consider legislation to:

 

- Centralized Portal. Require the creation of a centralized mechanism, such as an Internet portal, where data brokers can identify themselves, describe their information collection and use practices, and provide links to access tools and opt- outs;

 

- Access. Require data brokers to give consumers access to their data, including any sensitive data, at a reasonable level of detail;


- Opt-Outs. Require opt-out tools, that is, a way for consumers to suppress the use of their data;

 

- Inferences. Require data brokers to tell consumers that they derive certain inferences from from raw data;

 

- Data Sources. Require data brokers to disclose the names and/or categories of their data sources, to enable consumers to correct wrong information with an original source;

 

- Notice and Choice. Require consumer-facing entities – such as retailers – to provide prominent notice to consumers when they share information with data brokers, along with the ability to opt-out of such sharing; and

 

- Sensitive Data. Further protect sensitive information, including health information, by requiring retailers and other consumer-facing entities to obtain affirmative express consent from consumers before such information is collected and shared with data brokers.

 

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LINKS:

 

PDF:  “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” 

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/data-brokers-call-transparency-accountability-report-federal-trade-commission-may-2014/140527databrokerreport.pdf

 

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Introducing Twitter #Data Grants | Twitter for Researchers | #datascience

Introducing Twitter #Data Grants | Twitter for Researchers | #datascience | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
Today we’re introducing a pilot project we’re calling Twitter Data Grants, through which we’ll give a handful of research institutions access to our public and historical data. Wi......
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With more than 500 million Tweets a day, Twitter has an expansive set of data from which we can glean insights and learn about a variety of topics, from health-related information such as when and where the flu may hit to global events like ringing in the new year. To date, it has been challenging for researchers outside the company who are tackling big questions to collaborate with us to access our public, historical data. Our Data Grants program aims to change that by connecting research institutions and academics with the data they need.

 

If you’d like to participate, submit a proposal here no later than March 15th. For this initial pilot, we’ll select a small number of proposals to receive free datasets. We can do this thanks to Gnip, one of our certified data reseller partners. They are working with us to give selected institutions free and easy access to Twitter datasets. In addition to the data, we will also be offering opportunities for the selected institutions to collaborate with Twitter engineers and researchers.

 

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Don’t fear the Internet of things | #data #privacy

Don’t fear the Internet of things | #data #privacy | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
The IoT devices ballyhooed at CES are trivial compared to what we will soon see coming out of the silicon foundries.
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What troubles people about the Internet of Things (or IoT, it’s called) is not the nagging and monitoring the devices generate, but control over the data collected. Computer data is used against you in ways you never anticipated. A piece in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal gives a current example: Lending companies now scrape Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to establish individuals’ creditworthiness and identity, something few users thought about when posting pictures and narratives about themselves. As IoT devices roll out, they’ll become new self-surveillance devices like our phones and email, creating “records” that if not properly secured will be scraped by Big Business. Business isn’t the only potential heavy in the IoT future. Under the records provision of the Patriot Act, the U.S. government already collects our telephone and email metadata....

 

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The IoT revolution provides a mental pause that we should use to rethink what we want from the Internet. If we expect privacy and security from the IoT, surely we should expect the same from the regular Internet, which means renegotiating our email, storage, and navigation accounts to put a premium on privacy and security. Privacy and security can’t be free. In real life and on the Internet, you get what you pay for.

 

As for Ubik‘s Joe Chip, did he ever escape his apartment? Yes. Luckily, a visitor arrived and dropped a coin in the slot on the other side of the smartdoor.

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The brain’s #visual data-compression #algorithm

The brain’s #visual data-compression #algorithm | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
Data compression in the brain: When the primary visual cortex processes sequences of complete images and images with missing elements — here vertical contours — it “subtracts” the images from each other (the brain computes the differences between...

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Researchers have assumed that visual information in the brain was transmitted almost in its entirety from its entry point, the primary visual cortex (V1).

 

“We intuitively assume that our visual system generates a continuous stream of images, just like a video camera,” said Dr. Dirk Jancke from the Institute for Neural Computation at Ruhr University.

 

“However, we have now demonstrated that the visual cortex suppresses redundant information and saves energy by frequently forwarding image differences,” similar to methods used for video data compression in communication technology. The study was published inCerebral Cortex (open access).

 

Using recordings in cat visual cortex, Jancke and associates recorded the neurons’ responses to natural image sequences such as vegetation, landscapes, and buildings. They created two versions of the images: a complete one, and one in which they had systematically removed vertical or horizontal contours.

 

If these individual images were presented at 33Hz (30 milliseconds per image), the neurons represented complete image information. But at 10Hz (100 milliseconds), the neurons represented only those elements that were new or missing, that is, image differences.

 

To monitor the dynamics of neuronal activities in the brain in the millisecond range, the scientists used voltage-dependent dyes. Those substances fluoresce when neurons receive electrical impulses and become active, measured across a surface of several square millimeters. The result is a temporally and spatially precise record of transmission processes within the neuronal network

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Vintage Data Visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

Vintage Data Visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it

Graphics, charts, diagrams and visual data representations have been published on books, newspapers and magazines since they've existed, not to mention old maps and scientific illustrations...

 

Despite the lack of tools such as the ones we have at our disposal nowadays, they are as inspiring and important as the best contemporary visualizations. Visit the article link for a gallery of vintage visualizations...


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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 20, 2013 9:39 AM
my pleasure
Charlley Luz's curator insight, July 20, 2013 10:26 AM

muito legal, os Infográficos antes de existir a internet. 35 exemplos de infográficos no papel :) Achei falta do Marcha para Moscou do Minard http://www.datavis.ca/gallery/re-minard.php ;

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, July 20, 2013 2:57 PM

El brasileño Tiago Veloso, fundador de Visual Loop, nos ofrece 35 interesantísimas representaciones visuales de distintos fenómenos y eventos que permiten hacer un paseo por la historia de la ilustración científica.

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From Data Ownership to #Data Usage: Personal Data Marketplaces | #PersonalData #myData

From Data Ownership to #Data Usage: Personal Data Marketplaces | #PersonalData #myData | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
In a world where more data is created than ever before, data ownership is gaining in importance. What are the possibilities for organisations and consumers?

Via Vanrijmenam, Fàtima Galan
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Personal Data Marketplaces

 

This is just the beginning. There are also Big Data startups that are developing personal data marketplaces. These young companies are taking a different approach regarding Big Data and are empowering consumers to determine what’s done with their data and receive monetary rewards for the usage of their data.

 

One of such companies is Handshake. They are working hard to cut out the data brokers such as Experian or Acxiom and give consumers the power over their personal data. End-users are giving monetary rewards in exchange for their data and a bit of their time. Users can share the usual personal information as well as more detailed personal information about their hobbies and life. The more data is shared and the more time spent with Handshake, the more money consumers can make. According to Duncan White, CEO of Handshake, an individual can make up to $ 24.000 per year through the platform.  Of course this requires substantial time and dedication to the platform, but it is an interesting business model.

 

Another new startup is Ctrlio. This company is developing a platform for individuals to become more in control of their own data, decide what to do with the data and save money too via personalized offers. The advantage for brands is that they can make very relevant offers based on rich personal profiles, resulting in higher conversion rates.

A third Big Data startup targeting personal data is Datacoup. Currently they are running a beta where they offer users $8 a month in return for their data

 

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Links

 

https://datacoup.com/ ; (PERSONAL DATA MARKETPLACE)

 

http://handshake.uk.com/hs/index.html

 

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/09/17/whats-the-true-value-of-your-personal-data-meet-the-people-who-want-to-help-you-sell-it/

 

http://ctrlio.com/

 

 

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, May 30, 2014 7:26 AM

"There are also Big Data startups that are developing personal data marketplaces. These young companies are taking a different approach regarding Big Data and are empowering consumers to determine what’s done with their data and receive monetary rewards for the usage of their data."

 

"Another new startup is Ctrlio. This company is developing a platform for individuals to become more in control of their own data, decide what to do with the data and save money too via personalized offers. The advantage for brands is that they can make very relevant offers based on rich personal profiles, resulting in higher conversion rates."

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Center for Data #Innovation » #Data Innovation 101

Center for Data #Innovation » #Data Innovation 101 | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it

Via Pierre Levy
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A conversation about data-driven innovation is possible now because new technologies have made it easier and cheaper to collect, store, analyze, use, and disseminate data. But while the potential for vastly more data-driven innovation exists, many organizations have been slow to adopt these technologies. Policymakers around the world should do more to spur data-driven innovation in both the public and private sectors, including by supporting the development of human capital, encouraging the advancement of innovative technology, and promoting the availability of data itself for use and reuse.

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Arent van 't Spijker's curator insight, February 13, 2014 7:09 AM

They must be very busy: the Center for Data Innovation formulates and promotes pragmatic public policies designed to enable data-driven innovation in the public and private sector, create new economic opportunities, and improve quality of life.

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A Glimpse into the #Data -Centered Future | #health #DataAwareness

A Glimpse into the #Data -Centered Future |  #health #DataAwareness | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it

A short video that shows the possibilities of a truly connected world, where sophisticated, predictive analytics will harness the power of data to drive revolutionary new services.


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The dark side of data | TED Playlists | #bidata #surveillance #privacy

The dark side of data | TED Playlists | #bidata #surveillance #privacy | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
Data can be used for good, harnessed for the betterment of society, but it can also be abused. Find out about some hidden not-so-sunny uses of Big Data.
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