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Big Data-Powered Authentication Gives Security a Much-Needed Boost

Oct 1, 2014 |

Trillions of dollars are at stake in the ongoing battle against cybercriminals and fraudsters. Whether it’s Russian cybercriminals hacking into retail chains or a kid in New Jersey filing fraudulent claims, stolen credentials and user IDs often play a major role. But now, big data technologies like Hadoop are helping to prevent unauthorized access, both behind the corporate firewall and in public coffers. Technological advances are a two-way street when it comes to crime on the Internet. A gang of Read more…

Is Big Data the Next Big Civil Rights Issue?

Sep 19, 2014 |

There’s no doubt that the big data phenomenon is having a major impact on our lives. Algorithms are affecting what we buy, who we date, and how we work and play. But big data also takes a toll, including a loss of personal privacy and an increased risk of becoming victims of discrimination or unscrupulous vendors. Do these concerns make big data a civil rights issue? One group argues that it most definitely does. In a new report entitled “Civil Read more…

Tape Gets Second Wind as Big Data Mounts

Sep 16, 2014 |

Think tape is dead in our big data world? Think again. This week, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced that it bought 20PB of tape capacity to expand the world’s biggest data archive. Meanwhile, the LTO Program has plotted out a roadmap for the next decade that will eventually see a single LTO tape cartridge storing 120 TB of data. While tape is looked down upon in our speed-obsessed culture, the old standby has proven its relevance in Read more…

What’s Driving the Explosion of Government Data?

Sep 11, 2014 |

Most people already know that the world produces massive amounts of data every day, and government organizations are a huge source of that data. For instance, it is estimated that next year the Department of Energy will create 300 terabytes of data per day from analyzing light sources, and by 2020, the department will create 15 petabytes of data per year analyzing high-energy physics. That’s a lot of data. But where does all this data come from? The amount of Read more…

Charting Safe Passages Through the Urban Jungle with Big Data

Sep 5, 2014 |

When you visit a big American city for the first time, you probably wonder where it’s safe to go, and what areas it would be best to avoid. Wouldn’t it be great to have an app that advised you? Researchers recently demonstrated the viability of using big public data and innovative algorithms to recommend the safest, shortest passages through the city. Three researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Boston University recently published a paper titled “Safe Navigation in Urban Read more…

News In Brief

MongoDB Teams with Weather Channel on Digital Alerts

Oct 1, 2014 |

Somebody is finally trying to do something about the weather. The Weather Channel has begun transitioning its digital platforms, including its mobile apps running on iOS and Android, to MongoDB’s database. The new platform will allow the Weather Channel to serve weather alerts and other real-time information to an estimated 40 million users, the database specialist announced Oct. 1. MongoDB said it would serve as the “data store” for all Weather Channel feeds and user information delivered by its digital Read more…

States Seek to Backstop U.S. Data Privacy Laws

Sep 25, 2014 |

California is poised to become the first state to restrict the use of student data by third-party technology vendors. Two student data privacy bills were sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month, including one that prescribes privacy guidelines for contracts between school districts and technology vendors. Along with contracts, California State Assembly Bill 1584 covers the privacy of student records and digital storage services along with educational software that could be used with data analysis tools for marketing Read more…

U.S. Cracking Down on Data Brokers

Sep 22, 2014 |

The U.S. is stepping scrutiny of big data companies that regulators increasing view as “stewards of information detailing nearly every facet of consumers’ lives.” The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been leading the charge with tougher enforcement of consumer protection laws. Earlier this year, it reached settlements with two data brokers for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The web site Instant Checkmate and InfoTrack Information Services both agreed to pay civil fines and permanent injunctions against continuing Read more…

Concerns About Big Data Abuses Grow

Sep 18, 2014 |

The tension between the rise of big data and concerns over privacy and fairness continues to mount as federal regulators convened this week to ponder whether big data is a “tool for inclusion or exclusion.” That was the title of a Sept. 15 Federal Trade Commission workshop examining the impact of big data on U.S. consumers, particularly the poor and underserved. “A growing number of companies are increasingly using big data analytics techniques to categorize consumers and make predictions about Read more…

LA Data: Cities Ponder Responsible Use of Big Data

Sep 12, 2014 |

Given its traffic, sprawl and glitz, Los Angeles has to be one of the great data-generating cities on Earth. In response, Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed the City of Angels’ first “chief data officer” tasked with overseeing its new open data portal. Ex-Google strategist Abhi Nemani, the city’s new data czar, will work with municipal agencies to collect and analyze data ranging from crime to building inspections to air quality. Nemani assumed his new post on Sept. 2 and works Read more…

This Just In

Auckland to Utilize HP Software for Big Data Project

Sep 30, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30 — HP today announced that the city of Auckland, New Zealand has selected HP Software to deliver a visionary Big Data project designed to provide a safer community and more efficient roadways for its citizens. Auckland Transport, Auckland’s government agency responsible for all of its transportation infrastructure and services, will deploy video analytics powered by HP IDOL on servers and storage from HP Enterprise Group, and with support from HP Software Professional Services. “The safety and well-being of our citizens Read more…

KWA to Utilize IBM Big Data & Analytics Technology

Sep 23, 2014 |

BENGALURU, India, Sept. 23 — IBM today announced that Kerala Water Authority (KWA), Government of Kerala, India is using IBM Analytics and Mobility solutions to analyze, monitor and manage water distribution in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. With the solutions, KWA aims to achieve 100 percent success in equitable water supply with the ability to monitor and flag irregularities in water usage using sensors and intelligent meters. With a population of more than 3.3 million, providing connections with equitable water supply to 210,000 households Read more…

ICMA and SAS Launch Performance Analytics Tools

Sep 15, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 15 — ICMA today unveiled ICMA Insights, a new performance management and analytics solution for local governments. Developed by ICMA and its members in partnership with SAS, a leading analytics software developer, ICMA Insights helps communities synthesize data they collect across the services they provide—such as police, fire, trash collection, building permits—to track performance metrics and drive improvements in service delivery. ICMA Insights also offers communities the ability to compare their performance data to other participating jurisdictions using a Read more…

Former CMU Computer Science Dean Assisting in White House Policy Office

Aug 21, 2014 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., Aug. 21 — Randal E. Bryant, who finished a decade of service as dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science on June 30, has begun a temporary assignment in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide analysis and advice on Big Data. Bryant, who is on sabbatical from his position as University Professor of Computer Science, expects to spend 10-12 months in the OSTP’s Technology and Innovation Division, where he is working as an Read more…

SGI Announces Partnership with GIS Federal and NVIDIA

Apr 16, 2014 |

SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announced a partnership with GIS Federal, a supplier of high performing innovative solutions for big data, cloud computing and intuitive tools across all intelligence disciplines and NVIDIA, a pioneer in digital computing. The partnership will power a GAIA distributed database for the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), to rapidly render complicated geospatial features and heat maps, providing real-time actionable insights with the goal of saving lives during military operations.