Arkansas Dodges the Big Data Trough of Disillusionment

With Gartner claiming that Big Data is heading for its fabled “Trough of Disillusionment,” it’s nice to run across a story that shows the technology being warmly embraced with positive outcomes forecasted. Such is the case with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), which will be using Big Data to modernize the delivery of […]

Google Targets Human Traffickers with Help from Big Data

Google has announced that it is taking steps to help combat human trafficking – a $32 billion illegal enterprise that exploits 20.9 million people worldwide, according to research from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Google’s involvement includes a $3 million grant through its Global Impact Award program to three anti-trafficking organizations – […]

Video: The CIA's Grand Challenges with Big Data

In this video from the Structure: Data 2013 conference, Central Intelligence Agency CTO Ira “Gus” Hunt presents: The CIA’s Grand Challenges with Big Data. Sensors, agents and an Internet of Things are all producing data, all of the time. It would be a vast understatement to say that the CIA has experience in acquiring, handling […]

Obama Initiative Leverages Big Data to Explore the Brain

On Tuesday, April 2, President Obama announced a research initiative that has the ambitious goal of “revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain,” according to a White House press release. Know as BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), the initiative is being launched in FY 2014 with an initial budget of about $100 million, […]

Video: The Value of Large Scale Entity Analysis for National Security

In this video from the 2013 National HPCC Conference, Dr. Flavio Villanustre and Mary Galvin from LexisNexis present: The Value of Large Scale Entity Analysis for National Security. HPCC Systems from LexisNexis Risk Solutions works with clients in various industries to manage different types of risk by helping them derive insight from massive data sets. […]

Privacy and Big Data – What Goes Around Comes Around

In this feature, John Kirkley looks at how the threat of Big Data turning into Big Brother has its roots in Cold War. The year was 1968 and it was the height of the Cold War. Wanting to know more about how a totalitarian regime might exercise rigid control over its population, the U.S. government […]

Big Data: Big Brother or Nirvana?

Will Big Data help bring about the dystopian vision of George Orwell’s novel 1984 or be a boon for humanity, providing a range of benefits that were unthinkable until just recently? That’s the question Fred Gallagher, the general manager of Vectorwise tentatively addresses in a blog posted on Wired’s Innovation Insights. Gallagher pokes gingerly at […]

Video: Moneyballing Government with the Code for America

In this video, Jennifer Pahlka describes how the Code for America project. As kind of a “Peace Corps for geeks,” the CFA enlists coders and data scientists to help governments become more connected, lean, and participatory through new opportunities for public service. Code for America helps governments work better for everyone with the people and […]

Podcast: How Well are the Feds Doing with Big Data?

How well is the Federal Government leveraging Big Data? In this podcast, Michael Nelson, a technology policy analyst from Bloomberg Government describes recent progress and obstacles the Feds are running into along the way. Big Data, it’s is the next big thing expected to trigger $34 billion in worldwide IT spending this year. But harvesting […]

Joint Computing Institute to Tackle Big Data in the Northwest

This week PNNL announced that the lab is launching the new Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing in cooperation with the University of Washington. Researchers associated with the institute will work to ensure the next generation of computers and the methods used to run them can address challenges ranging from climate change to energy management. Computing […]