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How LifeLock Uses Big Data to Fight Identity Fraud

Dec 1, 2014 |

About 9 million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year, leading to about $50 million in losses, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. While the big data explosion gives identify thieves more material to exploit, it can also make it easier to spot the fraudsters, provided you have the right tools. One of the companies that’s invested a considerable amount of time and money building tools to fight identity fraudsters is LifeLock. The Tempe, Arizona company banks on these Read more…

Hortonworks Files for IPO, Will Trade Under ‘HDP’

Nov 10, 2014 |

Hortonworks today announced that it plans to go public on the NASDAQ Global Select Market using the ticker symbol HDP, the name of its flagship product, Hortonworks Data Platform. The Silicon Valley firm did not reveal how much stock it will sell or at what price. But as the first Hadoop distributor with concrete initial public offering (IPO) plans, HDP is sure to grab a lot of attention. Unlike the dot-com boom that last from 1998 to 2000, few, if Read more…

How Data Analytics Shaped Election Day 2014

Nov 4, 2014 |

Today is Election Day, when political scientists finally get to see the manifestations of their careful calculations. But increasingly, elections are being influenced by data scientists who are experts at wielding big data analytics to achieve an end. President Obama’s re-election campaign took political data science to new heights in 2012. The campaign had a large and well-funded analytics team of 165 people, who worked nearly two years to collect data and segmented and categorized the entire American electorate in Read more…

Hunting Down Ebola with Big Data

Nov 3, 2014 |

Big data analytics firms are stepping forward to help African nations combat the massive Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives. Much of the focus is currently focused on leveraging data collected from cell phone networks, which are relatively well developed in West Africa. Officials say that nearly 5,000 people have died and more than 13,000 have been infected in the Ebola outbreak that began six months ago. But due to underreporting, officials warn that many more have been Read more…

‘What Is Big Data’ Question Finally Settled?

Oct 29, 2014 |

People have been debating what “big data” means ever since the term appeared in the lexicon. Researchers at Cal Berkeley recently pepper dozens of prominent data scientists and industry leader with the question in hopes of settling the big question once and for all. You’ve undoubtedly heard many definitions for big data over the years. For some, you have big data when it can’t be stored on a single computer, or it’s the combination of volume, velocity, and variety (some Read more…

News In Brief

Can Big Data Help Dispense Justice?

Dec 12, 2014 |

A debate within the American judicial system is focusing on the growing use of data-driven predictions about future crime risks in shaping sentencing guidelines. According to reports this summer, at least 20 states have adopted so-called “evidence-based sentencing.” Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder raised concerns about the trend during the summer, calling on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing guidelines for the federal courts, to “study the use of data-driven analysis in front-end sentencing,” then issue policy recommendations. Read more…

Data Tools Aid Open Source Intelligence

Dec 9, 2014 |

U.S. intelligence agencies and the military are increasingly leveraging analytics platforms based on machine learning to sift through data sources like social media. In the vernacular of the Pentagon, these efforts are generally referred to as open source intelligence initiatives. While the U.S. intelligence community is spending billions of dollars on geospatial intelligence—the analysis and exploitation of imagery and geospatial information—open source efforts focusing on unstructured data like web pages, emails, instant messaging and social media are augmenting those efforts. Read more…

NSA Releases Data Management Tool

Dec 1, 2014 |

The National Security Agency said it is expanding its open source portfolio by releasing the source code for software designed to manage data network interoperability. NSA said Nov. 25 it was releasing the open source tool, “Niagarafiles,” or “Nifi,” through the Apache Software Foundation. The spy agency said the release was the first in a series of open source software tools from its technology transfer program that shares agency-developed technologies with academia, industry and research organizations. The spy agency said Read more…

Using Wiki-data to Monitor, Forecast Disease Outbreaks

Nov 17, 2014 |

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used open source data culled from the online encyclopedia Wikipedia to develop a disease monitoring and forecasting tool they claim is more comprehensive than existing tools. Using Wikipedia access logs, the government researchers said they applied linear models, language (as a proxy for location) and a Wikipedia article selection procedure to test 14 combinations of location and disease outbreaks. The results suggest that their models could be transferred from one location to another without Read more…

Machine Learning Gets a Boost from Google

Oct 23, 2014 |

Search giant Google announced a partnership with Oxford University researchers that will target artificial intelligence applications such as image recognition and natural language understanding. Google said U.K. researchers with its recently acquired DeepMind initiative would work with Oxford AI specialists who earlier this year cofounded Dark Blue Labs. The cofounders, Nando de Freitas, Phil Blunson, Edward Grefenstette and Karl Moritz Hermann, are considering leading experts in the use of “deep learning” for machine understanding of natural language. The researchers “will Read more…

This Just In

NSA Releases New Technology for Open Source Community

Nov 26, 2014 |

Nov. 26 — The National Security Agency announced today the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The tool, called “Niagarafiles (Nifi),” could benefit the U.S. private sector in various ways. For example, commercial enterprises could use it to quickly control, manage, and analyze the flow of information from geographically dispersed sites – creating comprehensive situational awareness. The software is “open source,” which means its code Read more…

Unisys Signs OEM and Managed-Cloud Agreements with SAP

Oct 14, 2014 |

DALLAS, Tex., Oct. 14 — Unisys Corporation today announced that it has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with SAP and plans to provide managed cloud services for the SAP HANA platform. These agreements strengthen Unisys’ capabilities to provide clients with real-time analytics solutions based on SAP software on the Forward! by Unisys enterprise computing platform. The OEM agreement will allow Unisys to deliver software licenses for SAP HANA in bundled data analytics solutions for banking, government, airlines, healthcare, and communications service providers. The Unisys Read more…

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…