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An essential reference for solutions that have become staples of #digitalTransformation : Directory of Products That Assess #Identification Documents & Verify #Identity via @mydiacc HT @fbedard

An essential reference for solutions that have become staples of #digitalTransformation : Directory of Products That Assess #Identification Documents & Verify #Identity via @mydiacc HT @fbedard | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The DIACC is pleased to publish the first iteration of the Directory of Products That Assess Identification Documents & Verify Identity. This Directory is designed to provide an overview of providers’ solutions which use government issued photo identification cards, combined with biometric facial scans, to establish Digital Identity.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I missed that one when it was published last year. The document lists and compares tens of solutions and provides great overview of their characteristics. A great starting point.

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The Long #Hack: How China Exploited a U.S. Tech Supplier is a story about the impact of global supply chains. It makes the case for local manufacturing and strong encryption in a world where everyb...

The Long #Hack: How China Exploited a U.S. Tech Supplier is a story about the impact of global supply chains. It makes the case for local manufacturing and strong encryption in a world where everyb... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Each of these distinct attacks had two things in common: China and Super Micro Computer Inc., a computer hardware maker in San Jose, California. They shared one other trait; U.S. spymasters discovered the manipulations but kept them largely secret as they tried to counter each one and learn more about China’s capabilities.

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WHY IT MATTERS: fascinating stories of espionnage using modified hardware by China. Everyone knows China, Russia, USA, and others do it. Just painful to see it in writing. A consequence of global supply chains (read the book "the world is flat" to understand why this is so) and a strong business case to bring back some of the manufacturing in our country even if it makes some devices more expensive. Considering that we are carry with us smart phones and that they are all made in China, this is going to be tough. This article is also a great case for strong data encryption for all data at rest and in flight.

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It should be clear by now that there is no #privacy without proper (#cyber)#security measures - case in point: Sealed U.S. Court Records Exposed in SolarWinds Breach via @BrianKrebs KrebsOnSecurity...

It should be clear by now that there is no #privacy without proper (#cyber)#security measures - case in point: Sealed U.S. Court Records Exposed in SolarWinds Breach via @BrianKrebs KrebsOnSecurity... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The ongoing breach affecting thousands of organizations that relied on backdoored products by network software firm SolarWinds may have jeopardized the privacy of countless sealed court documents on file with the U.S. federal court system, according to a memo released Wednesday by the Administrative Office (AO) of the U.S. Courts.

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WHY IT MATTERS: all projects I work on is very concerned about privacy, especially when it comes to email communications. But if the computer systems that store the info are not secured, what's the point? Why do we even bother to accept cookies left and right when the info gets collected and stored in systems that can be breached. This subject needs to be raised to the top of the priority list in organization and this means $$$ and delays....

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An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data via @WIRED HT @NunoBarbeita @umlaut21

An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data via @WIRED HT @NunoBarbeita @umlaut21 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Parler lacked the most basic security measures that would have prevented the automated scraping of the site's data. It even ordered its posts by number in the site's URLs, so that anyone could have easily, programmatically downloaded the site's millions of posts. Parler's cardinal security sin is known as an insecure direct object reference,

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WHY IT MATTERS: security has become central in our age of digital transformation. Yet, it seems, most people are either unaware of basic security principles, or not willing to invest time or money to do it. And I am not even talking of doing it *well*. Just implementing proper security measure. In this case it affect Parler, which in itself I don't much care about (they deserve it for such a stupid mistake). But their lack of security impacts their users privacy as well. And that includes potentially millions of people (in the photo, 68000 video have been geolocated - too bad for keeping your anonymity ;-)

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Contact Tracing Apps must be installed on all phones #doItNOW as 60% adoption is needed to stop #pandemic - even if bluetooth has limits and GPS alternatives have privacy issues via @IEEESpectrum

Contact Tracing Apps must be installed on all phones #doItNOW as 60% adoption is needed to stop #pandemic - even if bluetooth has limits and GPS alternatives have privacy issues via @IEEESpectrum | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Some researchers point to a University of Oxford study that modeled the coronavirus’s spread through a simulated city of 1 million people; it found that 60 percent adoption is needed to stop the pandemic and keep countries out of lockdown (although the study suggested that lower rates of adoption could still prove helpful).

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WHY IT MATTERS: install the contact tracing app on your phone, because without at least 60% adoption it won't be very useful. Know that bluetooth technology will respect your privacy but has limited effectiveness. Alternatives that use more precise GPS data unfortunately also have privacy issues. No perfect solution but everyone needs to install the app we have now.

Download COVID Alert is Canada's free exposure notification app: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html

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The Canadian Digital ID & Authentication is taking shape with the release of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework #PCTF #DIACC

The Canadian Digital ID & Authentication is taking shape with the release of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework #PCTF #DIACC | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The purpose of the PCTF Authentication Component is to assure the on-going integrity of login and authentication processes by certifying, through a process of assessment, that they comply with standardized Conformance Criteria.Click here to edit the content

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WHY IT MATTERS: geek must-read just off the press is the framework to enable the Canadian digital ID. 

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Safeguarding deletion correctness in social network graphs highlights the embryonic work that is underway to help erase some of our #digitalExhaust to enable digital systems to "forget" via @facebo...

Safeguarding deletion correctness in social network graphs highlights the embryonic work that is underway to help erase some of our #digitalExhaust to enable digital systems to "forget" via @facebo... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

DELF is a new framework to help developers implement data deletion in modern applications. Traditional methods for implementing deletion require application developers to write repetitive, error-prone code. DELF’s main novelty lies in enabling developers to implement deletion in every product they build with minimal effort, which takes the form of annotations rather than code. DELF introduces multiple correctness validation techniques to help achieve semantic correctness and avoid mistakes that could potentially lead to retaining data that should have been deleted or accidentally deleting the wrong data.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this technical paper explains how Facebook engineering team has developed a framework to help facilitate the deletion of data in their social graph. This can be used in other contexts.

To me it highlights the primitive state we are in when it comes to permanently deleting the data we produce in our daily activities - so called "data exhaust". But what the framework fails to enable is metadata - for example the inferences that were made from the post such as the political preferences - are not reverted when deletion occurs. Thus the original data still leaves traces - the original event is forgotten but its impact is not. Much more needs to be created to ensure true "deletion" in order to enable that digital systems "forget". 

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Why & Where You Should Plant Your Flag via @briankrebs Krebs on Security

Why & Where You Should Plant Your Flag via @briankrebs Krebs on Security | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Several stories here have highlighted the importance of creating accounts online tied to your various identity, financial and communications services before identity thieves do it for you. This post examines some of the key places where everyone should plant their virtual flags.

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WHY IT MATTERS: very interesting article that reviews the different websites and systems where everyone should claim its spot. Financial, government and others are reviewed. I would add the "social media" category in the list: facebook, linkedIn instagram, etc.

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Imagine Yourself Being A Hacker #BeginnersGuide #weekendReading via @HackerNoon

Imagine Yourself Being A Hacker #BeginnersGuide #weekendReading via @HackerNoon | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Make no mistake, the knowledge of hacking is different from a hacker. A hacker is a person, not the skill. And the use of any knowledge is a personal choice and that choice isn’t universal. The same way some politicians are corrupt, some hackers are corrupt. The same way some politicians are good, some hackers are good also. You may be a Satoshi Nakamoto or an Albert Gonzalez, it is your choice. There is nothing wrong with the hacker knowledge. It is all about you. What You’ll Learn

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WHY IT MATTERS: a nice reference on hackers and hacking along with a how-to guide if you want to get started! Digital transformation often requires a hacker's mindset to get around problems and think outside the box so this should be mandatory reading for anyone in the field! ;-)

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5 Predictions For Wearable Technology: From Fitness Trackers To “Humans 2.0”

5 Predictions For Wearable Technology: From Fitness Trackers To “Humans 2.0” | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Even if, like me, you’ve had a fitness tracker or smartwatch for years, you might still be surprised at how well the wearable technology or “wearables” trend has taken off. What started with Fitbit and the like has now mushroomed into an entire industry of wearables that are designed to help us lead

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WHY IT MATTERS: been a while since I wrote about wearables, wellness and transhumanism. This article is a bit too futuristic but does provide some useful solutions.

With health concerns on the rise and social distancing a "thing" now, I keep thinking that wearables will find their killer app moment. If I am concerned about who I come in contact with - either because I am concerned for my personal health or I am concerned about insurance premiums as a company - then wearables become a great solution. As Bernard Marr highlights, the privacy concerns are never too far away in those use cases.

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Contact tracing could become a regular part of office life. @CNN reports on the various ways companies can do that: cellphones, laptop, badge, wearables, and light sensors - and the #privacy concer...

Contact tracing could become a regular part of office life. @CNN reports on the various ways companies can do that: cellphones, laptop, badge, wearables, and light sensors - and the #privacy concer... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

As more workers return to the office, companies are considering ways to track their employees to help prevent the spread of coronavirus among their workforce.

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WHY IT MATTERS: yes the new normal may include being tracked by governments and employers for contact tracing. At some point the data will need to be be stored somewhere and the question will become: where is it stored? is it secure? is privacy protected?

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It seems to be what's wanted to be used to monitor who has COVID-19 and who doesn't.  This would be those who have tested positive, those who have not been tested, and those in recovery.  By contract monitoring, every move made can be calculated.  The results could mean that persons found infected could be made to relocate to a forced quarantine.  The information could present pattern motion as a whole.  Thus, helping calculate where higher infection rates populate and helping to further investigation as to the cause/causes and spread of COVID-19.

Another speculation, it could help provide a system that incorporates police to be able to enforce that known infected persons are regulated to ensure that home quarantine is followed.  It could also help monitor, recovered cases in the possibility of relapse.  Relapse in regards to future contact with active positive cases, and the physical preparedness to relapse or not relapse.
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#FacialRecognition is good but it is not perfect yet - in fact it is really bad for dark-skinned persons - The two-year fight to stop Amazon from selling face recognition to the #police via @MIT @F...

#FacialRecognition is good but it is not perfect yet - in fact it is really bad for dark-skinned persons - The two-year fight to stop Amazon from selling face recognition to the #police via @MIT @F... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In June of 2018, in the midst of all the other letters demanding that the company stop police use of Rekognition, Raji and Buolamwini expanded the Gender Shades audit to encompass its performance. The results, published half a year later in a peer-reviewed paper, once again found huge technical inaccuracies. Rekognition was classifying the gender of dark-skinned women 31.4 percentage points less accurately than that of light-skinned men.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this article presents detailed numbers and references that show facial recognition is not accurate for dark skinned persons and that Amazon technology called rekognition is in use by law enforcement via ring doorbells...

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What Does Big Tech Know About You? Basically Everything - an #infographic that should help you visualize what data is captured by the main platforms #privacy 

What Does Big Tech Know About You? Basically Everything - an #infographic that should help you visualize what data is captured by the main platforms #privacy  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This infographic examines the privacy policies of Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft.

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WHY IT MATTERS: a very interesting visualization of the data captured by the main platforms. Usually I am not a big fan of infographics but this one is different as it conveys true information. The article has a. longer form version of this.

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Planting tiny #spy chips in hardware can cost as little as $200 - makes #encryption even more important as all work is going remote post #covid via @wired | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Proof-of-concept shows how easy it may be to hide malicious chips inside IT equipment.

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WHY IT MATTERS: not very surprising that this exists. Snowden has shown that USA has been doing this to spy and thus expects China is doing the same in the 5G networking equipment. I say they probably all are doing it. One more argument in favor of strong encryption everywhere.

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Contact tracing is moving ahead with solutions from Apple and Google. Great technology with some scary privacy concerns - COVID-19 exposure notification API

Contact tracing is moving ahead with solutions from Apple and Google. Great technology with some scary privacy concerns - COVID-19 exposure notification API | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

When two people are in close range, with proximity detected by Bluetooth, their phones will exchange anonymous identifiers. If an individual gets diagnosed with COVID-19, they can have their device transmit a list of everybody they’ve been in contact with to the cloud.
The second person’s phone will periodically download a list of everyone that has tested positive in their area. If a match occurs, they will be notified and prompted to contact health authorities.”

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WHY IT MATTERS: covid contact tracing appears an important component of public health safety. Apple and Google are embedding the solution into their OS quite fast. This is great news to prevent covid spread in the future. It raises a ton of questions about privacy and contact tracing outside of the health crisis. 

Twentyfourtechsoft Techn's curator insight, May 7, 2020 7:25 AM
all we can do is be aware ....
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These Viral #Coronavirus Cellphone Maps track #springbreak students as they go back home, show how much we can do with big data and raise concerns about #privacy

These Viral #Coronavirus Cellphone Maps track #springbreak students as they go back home, show how much we can do with big data and raise concerns about #privacy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Phone location heat maps track social distancing, but they raise a serious issue.

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WHY IT MATTERS: using phone location and big data analysis tools it is possible to track where spring break party-going students have gone after the beach closed. Amazing to see, great and powerful to predict pandemic propagation. Also another reason to fear privacy invasion...

Direct link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq2zuE3ISYU 

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Programmatic & Digital Media Monetization Primer #advertising #eBook provides overview of problems and solutions via @dumas0606 @m32connect

Programmatic & Digital Media Monetization Primer #advertising #eBook provides overview of problems and solutions via @dumas0606 @m32connect | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This eBook will bring you up to speed on all things “programmatic,” including: the key actors and various ad formats that continue to unfold; different types of technological platforms and associated privacy considerations; and, measurement and pricing strategies that can help you to get ahead of your competition.

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WHY IT MATTERS:  programmatic ads on the web is the new trend, accounting for 25% of all ads you see online. This primer provides an amazing overview of the issues, technologies and privacy compliance requirements. Must read.

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"re-identification" is the new way our privacy is eroded - basically 99.98% can be identified using 15 demographics attributes taken from anonymous datasets #privacy

"re-identification" is the new way our privacy is eroded - basically 99.98% can be identified using 15 demographics attributes taken from anonymous datasets #privacy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

While rich medical, behavioral, and socio-demographic data are key to modern data-driven research, their collection and use raise legitimate privacy concerns. Anonymizing datasets through de-identification and sampling before sharing them has been the main tool used to address those concerns. We here propose a generative copula-based method that can accurately estimate the likelihood of a specific person to be correctly re-identified, even in a heavily incomplete dataset. On 210 populations, our method obtains AUC scores for predicting individual uniqueness ranging from 0.84 to 0.97, with low false-discovery rate. Using our model, we find that 99.98% of Americans would be correctly re-identified in any dataset using 15 demographic attributes. Our results suggest that even heavily sampled anonymized datasets are unlikely to satisfy the modern standards for anonymization set forth by GDPR and seriously challenge the technical and legal adequacy of the de-identification release-and-forget model. Anonymization has been the main means of addressing privacy concerns in sharing medical and socio-demographic data. Here, the authors estimate the likelihood that a specific person can be re-identified in heavily incomplete datasets, casting doubt on the adequacy of current anonymization practices.

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WHY IT MATTERS: there is no privacy in Big data as this study finds. A bit technical, it basically says that you can identify people if you have a large enough dataset. Even anonymous datasets - so ad blockers and all the  other "privacy" settings are futile because we leave anonymous data in website logs, even when GDPR regulation is applied. Not sure there is a way to remain private in today's world...

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Internet privacy: Jumbo & disconnect.me, 2 apps that protect you from your apps via @TheGuardian

Internet privacy: Jumbo & disconnect.me, 2 apps that protect you from your apps via @TheGuardian | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Jumbo, an app for iOS and Android, launched in 2019 with the promise that it would cut through some of that confusion. The offer was simple: download the app, check a few boxes and it would automatically lock down your privacy settings on platforms including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon. Rather than having to hunt down every individual preferences screen and decipher which settings were innocuous and which were merely deliberately phrased to sound innocuous, the app would do it for you.

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WHY IT MATTERS: privacy is very important but it seems that the cure remains difficult. I have not tried Jumbo yet - I will - just to see what I will loose by being more private...

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How facial recognition works is a short video by @Vox which explains so well the issues and potential of facial recognition #AI #facialRecognition

How facial recognition works is a short video by @Vox which explains so well the issues and potential of facial recognition #AI #facialRecognition | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A video explainer on the technology that’s changing the meaning of the human face.

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WHY IT MATTERS: cameras are everywhere - phones, streets, home, office - and AI enables new capabilities that can present massive surveillance possibilities as well as personal protection and real-time data. This very well done video - as is the case with most VOX videos - should give you a good rundown of the plus and minuses...

Marcin Golczak 's curator insight, December 19, 2019 4:11 AM
Ziwiające jak zwykłą aplikacja ułatwia nam korzystanie z telefonu lecz czy to na pewno bezpieczne 
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How Much Does Your Data Cost on the Dark Web?

How Much Does Your Data Cost on the Dark Web? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The Dark Web is real, and your information might be for sale there. Here’s what your data is worth. The simple answer is this: about $45. This is how much, on average, a full set of information for a credit card is selling for, including a name, SSN, birth date, and CVV.

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WHY IIT MATTERS: a reminder that the value of data is not going down.

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Here’s a Long List of Data Broker Sites and How to Opt-Out of Them via @VICE

Here’s a Long List of Data Broker Sites and How to Opt-Out of Them via @VICE | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

How to get off of people search sites like Pipl, Spokeo, and WhitePages.

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WHY IT MATTERS: protecting privacy is a difficult task, sometimes an impossible one. Case in point this long list of sites you have to go through to opt-out or delete your data. We need a better solution...

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"privacy not included": will your #xmas gifts be creepy or protect your #privacy? Here is a list of the best/worst by @Mozilla 

"privacy not included": will your #xmas gifts be creepy or protect your #privacy? Here is a list of the best/worst by @Mozilla  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

How creepy is that smart speaker, that fitness tracker, those wireless headphones? We created this guide to help you shop for safe, secure connected products. Smart home gadgets, fitness trackers, toys and more, rated for their privacy & security.

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WHY IT MATTERS: digital transformation affects our privacy in many ways. With xmas gifting around the corner, you may find this list useful ... or creepy! ;-)

Mateusz Drygalski's curator insight, December 6, 2019 12:49 PM
Miarka przerażających prezentów pod względem prywatnoścci użytkownika
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Amazon Ring camera doorbell bragged about tracking Kids on Halloween and provides camera feeds to police departments with event detection that is quite large - raises both good and bad feelings abo...

Amazon Ring camera doorbell bragged about tracking Kids on Halloween and provides camera feeds to police departments with event detection that is quite large - raises both good and bad feelings abo... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The home surveillance company owned by Amazon bragged on Instagram about taping millions of kids going door to door.

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WHY IT MATTERS: every device being connected to the internet brings with it the possibility of remote monitoring. Here, doorbells equipped with cameras can detect who's at the door and determine who is trick or tricking at Halloween. But it can also detect burglaries, car crashes and other common neighbourhood events. Should we be concerned or feel more secured?

In the context of businesses, this can be extended to employee surveillance and possibly spying. Fun times ahead as the number of connected IOT devices is set to explode x10 in coming years.

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Take this test: 9 data points is all you need to determine who you are going to vote in the next election- Imagine what you can do when you have 1000s as do Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.? via @Radi...

Take this test: 9 data points is all you need to determine who you are going to vote in the next election- Imagine what you can do when you have 1000s as do Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.? via @Radi... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

À quel point l’âge, le revenu, le genre ou la religion influencent les chances de voter pour un parti? Nous avons puisé dans les réponses de 387 671 utilisateurs de la Boussole électorale pour le déterminer.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the power of big data is all here in this test. Enter your age, gender and 7 other facts about you and they will determine with high confidence what party you will vote for in the upcoming Canadian election. What's the trick? The data from an online survey of 300,000 Canadians. So now imagine the kind of targetting Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon can do and you'll realize why they are so valuable and dangerous. Amazing!

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