Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

Opinions Splitting Around the World on Data Protection & Net Neutrality

8347363864_3afc816567Karlin Kellington of The Irish Times reports, “In the wake of recent European Court of Justice decisions on privacy, and ongoing, divergent debates in the US and EU over net neutrality and copyright, are we about to end up with two markets divided by legislative approaches to the internet? Many think the possibility is growing of two differing jurisdictions, which will offer headaches and more complexity. However, there could be fresh opportunity for European businesses, too. The April decision by the ECJ to throw out Europe’s 2006 Data Retention Directive as well as the more recent ruling that Google is a data controller subject to national data protection laws in Europe which also can be forced to remove limited types of content on request, indicated the EU will prioritise personal privacy over certain business or government security arguments.” Read more

Do You Have the “Right to be Forgotten”?

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Thomas Claburn of Information Week recently opined, “The ‘right to be forgotten,’ recognized in Article 17 of the European Union’s revision of its 1995 data protection rules, is at once admirable and asinine. Forgetfulness is often a prerequisite for forgiveness, and there are many instances when an individual or an organization deserves forgiveness. It wouldn’t be particularly helpful if a search for ‘IBM,’ for example, returned as its top result a link to a website about the company’s business with the Nazi regime. Forgetfulness is enshrined in judicial practices like the sealing of court records for juvenile offenders. It has real social value. European lawmakers are right to recognize this, but their attempt to force forgetfulness on Internet companies is horribly misguided. The right to be forgotten will cause real social harm, to say nothing of the economic and moral cost.” Read more

Major Updates on State iPhone App Help People to Connect Globally

Major Updates on State iPhone App Help People to Connect Globally and to Explore All Points of View

LONDON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — State launched a major mobile app update for iPhone today that makes it easier for anyone to quickly State their opinions, get them counted and connect with others around the world who share their views. The app features a new world map that shows global conversation unfolding in real-time for each topic, plotting clusters of like-minded people and instantly uniting them around issues they care about.

 

Often only the most popular, least tolerant or loudest get heard. Commenting online is unsatisfying. Conversations are dominated by a handful of extremists or a single point of view. No collective wisdom emerges. Connections are even harder to come by. State’s iPhone app, now available to download in the App Store, changes that dynamic. Read more

A Better Definition for Machine Learning

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Bill Franks of the International Institute for Analytics recently opined, “In recent years, the use of the term Machine Learning has surged. What I struggle with is that many traditional data mining and statistical functions are being folded underneath the machine learning umbrella. There is no harm in this except that I don’t think that the general community understands that, in many cases, traditional algorithms are just getting a new label with a lot of hype and buzz appeal. Simply classifying algorithms in the machine learning category doesn’t mean that the algorithms have fundamentally changed in any way.” Read more

New Network, State Aggregates Global Opinion

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Olivia Solon of Wired reports, “State is a communications platform app for iOS (and soon Android) that aggregates the opinions of people around the world to draw out insights about topics ranging from politics and business to entertainment and sports. The ambition is to create an ‘opinion network’ where anyone, anywhere can express an opinion about anything. The application aggregates those opinions to get a sense of what the world thinks of those topics. State was launched by a company called Equal Media, set up by brothers Alex and Mark Asseily in 2011. Alex has previously had success with consumer electronics company Jawbone, which he founded in 2006. The app launched in closed alpha in May 2013 with around 10,000 users, but it’s now open to everyone.” Read more

What Can Google Glass Offer Brands?

John McCarthy of The Drum reports, “Google Glass, while not yet on release, has the potential to one day replace the tablet and smartphone, although that day is still many years away, especially while there is a poor battery life and an interface which causes nausea. In order to succeed, Glass will somehow have to deliver more, for less. Despite its limitations, it is a technological concept which could see widespread use, potentially offering countless opportunities for brands and ad firms.” Read more

An Opinion of Semantic Travel Search

Phillip Butler of Argophilia.com recently shared his opinions regarding semantic search as it relates to the travel industry, particularly with regard to Desti, a new travel search startup. Butler writes, “The other day Tnooz reported on Expedia testing their own variant of natural language search, now available in a Powerset-like sandbox called YourVisit. In that article Kevin May aptly points to other supposed ‘natural language search’ developments in travel, namely Evature and Hopper. The problem with this is, these systems are not AI nor true semantic search, in fact ‘natural language search’ is a buzz term actually used by Powerset to differentiate from hakia and Google semantic search experiments.” Read more

Convergence of Semantic Tech, Cloud, Hadoop, & NoSQL Spurring Big Data

Rutrell Yasin recently wrote that a convergence of growing technologies, including semantic web technologies, will spur exciting Big Data projects in 2013. Yasin writes, “The maturity and convergence of four technologies will help government decision-makers derive more value from their big data projects in 2013, predicts Chris Biow, public sector CTO at MarkLogic, a developer of databases for big data applications. ‘Cloud computing, Hadoop and NoSQL databases are the three game-changing technologies that are being applied to big data,’ Biow said. ‘I think this is the year that government agencies get their hands around what each of them can and cannot do.’ Semantic technology is the fourth discipline to add to the equation, which can be used to extract facts from structured and unstructured data as well as handle relationships between data in a more flexible way than traditional relational databases, Biow said during an interview with GCN.” Read more

Why WordPress Needs to Embrace Machine Readability

Benjamin J. Balter recently opined that WordPress needs to start better expressing content in a machine readable format. Balter begins with an explanation of REST: “The idea is simple: a URL should uniquely identify the underlying data it represents. If I have a URL, I shouldn’t need anything else to view or otherwise manipulate the information behind it. WordPress, for the most part, does this well. Each post is given a unique permalink (e.g., 2012-12-15-why-wordpress…) that always points to that post. The problem is, however, in WordPress’s sense, it points to the display of that content, not the content itself. Read more

Should Microdata Become a W3C Standard?

Manu Sporny recently voiced his personal objection to the W3C microdata candidate recommendation. He writes, “The HTML Working Group at the W3C is currently trying to decide if they should transition the Microdata specification to the next stage in the standardization process. There has been a call for consensus to transition the spec to the Candidate Recommendation stage. From a standards perspective, this is a huge mistake and sends the wrong signal to Web developers everywhere. The problem is that we already have a set of specifications that are official W3C recommendations that do what Microdata does and more. RDFa 1.1 became an official W3C Recommendation last summer.”

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