Law prof. Frank Pasquale argues for set limits on big data

We’ve heard a lot about ‘big data’ in the last few years, but who is connecting the dots about what firms are doing with this information? Law professor Frank Pasquale visits the RSA to argue that we all need to be able to know more and to set limits on how big data affects our lives [this goes pretty far].

Hidden algorithms can make or break reputations, decide the destiny of entrepreneurs, or even devastate an entire economy. Shrouded in secrecy and complexity, decisions at major Silicon Valley and Wall Street firms were long assumed to be neutral and technical. But leaks, whistleblowers, and legal disputes have shed new light on automated judgment. Self-serving and reckless behavior is surprisingly common, and easy to hide in code protected by legal and real secrecy. Even after billions of dollars of fines have been levied, underfunded regulators may have only scratched the surface of this troubling behavior. Is it true, for example, that there are no regulations governing how third-party data brokers and marketers assemble and distribute ‘microtargeting lists’?

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MH17 – 1 Jaar na dato – KLM heeft niets geleerd


Morgen is het precies een jaar geleden dat de aanslag (dus niet ramp) op het MH-17 vlucht gepleegd werd. Anders dan in 2010 is het vrij rechttoe rechtaan in te vullen wat er gebeurd is:

– Het is oorlog in Oost-Ukraine.
– Vele vliegtuigen worden op grote hoogte neergeschoten.
– Dit kan omdat Rusland bug-wapens uitleend aan rebellen.
– De KLM/Malasia Airlines zijn idioot en vliegen over de bug-rakketten heen.
Raketaanval van de rebellen en 200 NL’ers dood.

De rest is geklets en gelieg. Vertrouwen in politiek daalt tot dieptepunt.
Wanneer stelt iemand KLM eens aansprakelijk voor roekeloos vliegen?

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LHC – Pentaquark seems evident


Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.
It was first predicted to exist in the 1960s but, much like the Higgs boson particle before it, the pentaquark eluded science for decades until its detection at the LHC. The discovery, which amounts to a new form of matter, was made by the Hadron Collider’s LHCb experiment.[more]

LHC continues to find stuff (see earlier). Great job.

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The last Exploration – New Horizons arrives at Pluto today

New Horizons Closest Approach to Pluto: 7:49:57 a.m. EDT, July 14, 2015.

New Horizons closing in on Pluto, marking the end of humanity’s first era of solar system exploration. Now, thanks to the Internet, all of planet Earth will be able to watch, in near real time, as the $650 million New Horizons mission approaches Pluto.

Take Note:
With no other major (size) space objects left to first explore as familiar as Pluto, and no spacecraft being developed to fly this far out into the solar system, New Horizons offers most people living today their last opportunity for such an experience. That’s 20 years of silence (at least!).

We won’t say there isn’t enough to explore, but for big space objects, yesterday confirmed: This is it.

More on pluto, on mars and on Nasa.

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