Spotlight: How Big Data Is Like Big Tobacco

Take a look at Tim Walsh's post in Forbes

Data brokers struggle with branding big data

There's not much of a market for raw data. But if you have output from sophisticated, trustworthy predictive models for sale, then you stand to make some sizable money. The problem data brokers have now is in branding their big data so buyers can know the difference--and the value.

Big data's customer conundrum

If you really want to leverage big data to increase your revenues significantly, you have to focus on customer-centric strategies and steer clear of the notion that you are in control of the customer.

Hilary Mason's big data idea service

If you already possess analytical and data science skills, then you are in a good position to take advantage of the coming hiring boom, or to launch a consultancy yourself.

Indiana state government uses big data to reduce infant mortality

The state of Indiana has been plagued with a higher than average infant mortality rate--7.7 infant deaths per 1000 births. Republican Governor Mike Pence sees hope in big data to find the causes and address them.

BabyX reads its first words--artificial intelligence is growing up

One cannot talk intelligently about big data and not be thinking of its ultimate outcome: artificial intelligence, or AI. BabyX is not a real baby but it shows us just how far AI has already come.

Spotlight: Most popular big data and analytics infographics and presentations of 2014--so far

A collection of this year's most popular infographics and presentations

Next big big-data thing: Niche analytics, data wrangling, smart storage?

New startups are springing up with interesting solutions to problems in big data as we know it. They're cooking up an interesting list of the potential next big things in big data.


Face recognition algorithms repurposed to find cancer in X-rays

Enlitic is working on using software very similar to the face recognition programs used by Facebook to detect patterns in medical data such as cancer in an X-ray, reports Elizabeth Dwoskin.

Why big data scientists must have exceptional social instincts

Nearly every organization around the globe is in hot pursuit of data scientists. But among this relatively rare and very desirable bunch, what traits and skills are most desirable? 

Consumer groups, big data and the rise of new consumer protection analytics

For decades now, companies have tried to sneak information and permissions past consumers by burying it in fine print, be that in paper contracts or online terms-of-service. Look for the consumerization of analytics and big data wielding consumer groups to bring those practices to a screeching halt.

Mega data mayhem: Big data tools have yet to catch up to really big data

While the business world has recently experienced a rapid growth in data and discovered ways to manage and use it, the new tools have yet to fully measure up to handling the mega-data scientists are still trying to get a handle on.

More on the latest privacy debate: de-identification vs holding researchers legally responsible

Members of the FierceBigData community with substantial experience in addressing privacy issues responded with some outstanding insights and some actionable best practices for individual researchers.

Spotlight: 3 mistaken assumptions about what big data can do for you

An article at sheds some light on what big data can actually do for you.

Big data lobbyist says Congress won't pass a law to protect consumer privacy

Tony Hadley was very confident that we won't see Congress pass a law anytime soon--or maybe ever--to protect consumer privacy from overreaching online data collection, as he noted during the Aspen Forum 2014.

FTC plans big data workshop on Sept 15

The Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, is holding a workshop titled "Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?" on September 15 in Washington, District of Columbia. The event is open to the public and is designed to address real and perceived discriminatory practices in big data use.

Big data changing car insurance pricing, just before it becomes obsolete

Occasionally a news story will come out hawking the advantages of driver tracking in reducing car insurance premiums and warning of the danger to individual privacy in the process. While such reports are generally correct in their observations and musings, most overlook developing trends that will make car insurance and the in-vehicle driver trackers obsolete in the not-so-distant future.

When big data leads to a loss of human rights and bad public policy

It's important to occasionally check ourselves on our enthusiasm for data and analytics. Not all outputs are created equal and some can be seriously over-played to the point where people can be harmed from public policies that stem from them.

Gartner says IoT trumps big data in hype cycle

Research giant Gartner said last year that big data topped its most overhyped technology list but this year the Internet of Things (IoT) reigns supreme. 

Spotlight: How to explain big data to your grandmother (infographic)

Check out this infographic for tips on explaining big data to people who work anywhere and with anything other than big data.