Big Data, Data Mining, and You

Friday, December 14, 2012

The explosion of social media and smartphones has digitized of our lives and created new opportunities for industries to access an unprecedented amount of data about us. Financial Times technology correspondent April Dembosky has covered the rise of “big data”—and what companies are doing with all this information about us—for a new series in the paper.


April Dembosky

Comments [19]


A guest with a more technical background would have been more informative.

Dec. 14 2012 02:15 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Bit of trivia -- It's estimated that 2% of internet users reply to spam emails. Perhaps our species isn't as intelligent as we think we are.

Dec. 14 2012 12:45 PM
Jf from The future

You mean the corporations that are destroying the environment with plastic packaging and toxic chemicals, and putting carcinogens in all our products are tracking us better than we track ourselves? Gosh i trust these guys. Maybe they could track their environmental destruction.

Dec. 14 2012 12:42 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I think the title should be changed from "Big Data" to "Big Brother." I'm SO glad I clean out my cookies on a regular basis and don't use social media at all. Let's all make an effort to stay off the grid and next time Big Brother sticks his hand in the "cookie" jar, he'll come up empty.:-)

Dec. 14 2012 12:42 PM
The Truth from Becky

Say whaaat??! I better not get any emails referring me to weight watchers because I have gained a few pounds! Now that's crossing the line LOL -

Dec. 14 2012 12:37 PM
Camille Mazurek

So excited to be hearing the part about health care. I have just been thinking about the medical profession and large scale collection of data--I think once there is large scale data we willfind out that many of our current assumptions about certain diseases and conditions are wrong.

Dec. 14 2012 12:37 PM
Christine from Westchester

Suggestion: Next time skip April and just get Bill Schmarzo


Dec. 14 2012 12:35 PM
John A.

Which members of congress might be intetested in managing our data rights? Don't laugh please, government can't sell us out forever.

Dec. 14 2012 12:18 PM
Christine from Westchester

Leonard: Can we got off the social media focus? Big Data is more than twitter and Facebook. Move on.

Dec. 14 2012 12:18 PM
Mike from Tribeca

Does anyone actually click on web ads? I've been surfing the web since the introduction of Netscape and have never clicked on an ad.

Dec. 14 2012 12:17 PM
John A from 40 miles north, still theres TV

TV is still free over the air, other commenter. It could disappear, but not yet.

Dec. 14 2012 12:16 PM
Christine from Westchester

April seems focused on internet info and how much anyone cares about your buying habits etc. The real treasure in big data is in using enormous data sets with population information (you can use de-identified data) and find information patterns about medical treatment and outcomes that have to date been unattainable in the giant mass of information. Who cares about social media? It's largely just crap.

Dec. 14 2012 12:14 PM

I use Ghostery for my web browsers, it blocks tracking beacons such as Google Analytics, Facebook Connect, etc. It's probably not perfect but it does a decent job of keeping you from being tracked.

Dec. 14 2012 12:14 PM
The Truth from Becky

What are you not listening, he said Verizon patented that idea last month!! Creepy.

Dec. 14 2012 12:13 PM
Jf from The future

You mean the companies that also control the government have all our personal info?huh.

Dec. 14 2012 12:13 PM
Christine from Westchester

Slight correction for April: in the past we had unstructured data too. But it was in someone's writing in a folder. The change is how much is not captured digitally. My guess is April is young and doesn't remember life with pen and paper.

Dec. 14 2012 12:09 PM
Oscar from ny

The most smartest person in the universe i guess can calculate me and find out that i am a beast-_-
Ps: i feel so flattered :)

Dec. 14 2012 12:09 PM
Jf from The future

The internet is a giant entrapment scheme. They will round us up for watching tv for free when tv used to be free just a few years ago over the air.

Dec. 14 2012 11:58 AM
jf from BK

Its all just part of the plan to fill the concentration camps being built all over america.

Dec. 14 2012 07:58 AM

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