Big data has been cast as the latest pariah within tech, and considering that big players like Google and Facebook have built their ad businesses on audience and user data, albeit with the renewed interest among regulators and consumers on data privacy, no one wants to declare their use of big data anymore. The Cambridge Analytica data scandal made global news last year for harvesting personal data from Facebook profiles without consent and using it for political purposes. It was a watershed moment in the public understanding of big data. Google has also come under scrutiny regarding their “right to be forgotten” policy, which invites claimants to request links to irrelevant or outdated online information to be removed, but they adjusted the policy after being inundated with requests. The tech industry knows the value of data, and they’ve done a great job in usurping individual data as their own and monetising it into hundreds of billions of dollars. Rather than … [Read more...] about Technology continues to develop, but does the tech industry really understand the power of data?
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Cork’s newest bridge is to be named after Mary Elmes, dubbed Ireland’s Oskar Schindler, following public involvement in the process. City councillors voted 17-12 to name the proposed €3.5m pedestrian and cycling bridge over the north channel of the River Lee, linking Merchant’s Quay to St Patrick’s Quay, after Ms Elmes, who is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Born in Cork in 1908 and raised in Ballintemple on the southside of the city, Ms Elmes, helped an estimated children escape almost certain death in concentration camps by hiding them in the boot of her car. She was one of five historic figures shortlisted following an invitation from the city council to the public to suggest names. It is the first time this process has been used to name a piece of public infrastructure. A total of 92 submissions were received and a long-list of 35 names emerged, with suggestions including Rory Gallagher Bridge, … [Read more...] about New Cork bridge to be named after ‘Irish Schindler’ Mary Elmes
0 Have your say DEAL or no deal; hard or soft Brexit; Article 50; the divorce bill; the backstop. Enough of the unintelligible jargon, oneupmanship and face-palm inducing interviews with perplexed MPs, it’s time to get back to running the country. Other issues don’t cease to be. Like the NHS and education – key issues which are now non-issues in our Brexit-obsessed society. While civil servants are re-deployed in aid of Brexit negotiations, where does this leave the departments they’ve left? Understaffed. On the back-burner. The Government has missed their target for teacher recruitment for the last five years. The story is the same in the NHS, with huge numbers of posts unfilled, and recruitment drives proving limited in their success.A lack of teachers and healthcare professionals can only serve to reduce the quality of two aspects of our society that we used to be so proud of. Whether Brexit itself will benefit or hinder education and … [Read more...] about Will Ford: Teachers and NHS staff being forgotten in Brexit chaos – here’s how and why
Bereaved relatives are seeking to have the online legacy of their deceased loved ones cleaned up as part of a “cyber funeral”. A tech firm says its services, starting at about £300, are increasingly being sought to close down social media accounts stuck in digital purgatory, manage Google search results and stop hackers from virtually resurrecting the deceased. DigitalOx said families are concerned that dormant accounts could get hacked and brought back to life, potentially using stolen login details sold by hackers on the dark web. Its investigators can make a “digital assessment” of the deceased’s online footprint to find embarrassing or unflattering search results. Armed with proof of identity, written permission and a death certificate, they then contact the tech firm involved to demand deletion under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation rules, known as the “right to be forgotten”. Alana Benson, DigitalOx client … [Read more...] about ‘Cyber funerals’ to clean up online legacies after loved one’s deaths
An emergency meeting needs to take place to save the European economies – but Britain no longer has a government, and the German finance minister, on whom any deal depends, has taken to his hotel bed sick. The solvency of banks and businesses hangs in the balance, so a stand-in German politician is plucked from a Sunday stroll and flown to the financial summit. This scenario sounds like something from House of Cards or The Thick of It, but it is just one of the eye-popping subplots in Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil, an extraordinary BBC2 documentary that ends tonight. The series is effectively a Brexit prequel, examining how the current crisis was shaped by three pressure points on the European Union: the bail-out of the Eurozone in 2010, plus the Greek debt crisis and the European migrant emergency of 2015. If the political analyst Danny Dyer is right that Brexit is a “mad riddle”, then it is clear that the only person ever likely to solve it is Norma Percy, the … [Read more...] about Inside Europe: superb TV that shows how to solve the EU crisis