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Big Data: Either Embrace It or Be Among the Walking Dead (Thoughts on Strata West 2012)

By Mary Ludloff

I’ve been meaning to blog about Strata West for the last week or so but felt the need to take a step back and look at the conference objectively. Of course, we’ve also been very busy at PatternBuilders working on our latest release (where correlation is the king and financial services is the queen or vice versa), engaging with potential partners and customers, and all the other activities that make up a startup’s life. In other words, during and after the conference we’ve barely been able to catch our collective breath (as well as get some much needed rest)!

So before I talk about the conference as a whole as well as some of the sessions and folks that caught my eye and of course, our book signing event (yes, Terence and I signed many books for conference attendees), I wanted to give a final shout out to our stellar Big Data and SCM panelists: Lora Cecere, Pervinder Johar, and Marilyn Craig. Thank you all for participating and for taking on this very broad topic! Much ground was covered, including the need for more rigorous cold chain management to ensure the efficacy of drugs, the amount of food that is spoiled and thrown away (one out of every three fruits and vegetables and two out of every five chickens) due to poor logistics management, and how big data can be used to transform the auto repair industry. What I loved about this panel (and yes, I am admittedly biased) was that it focused on real world problems that companies, industries, and societies are dealing with today. By the way, our panel was part of Strata Jumpstart—billed as the missing MBA for Big Data and it certainly lived up to its billing! (more…)

March 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm 1 comment

On Privacy: The Supreme Court Finally Got It Right!

By Mary Ludloff

Today is a landmark day for those of us concerned about privacy as it applies to our government agencies. In United States v. Jones the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police must have a search warrant before using GPS tracking devices to surveil criminal suspects. While all justices agreed that the tracking device placed on Jone’s jeep violated the Fourth Amendment’s unreasonable search and seizure protection, the justices were divided on how far the ruling should have gone. Justices Alito, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan said that “the court should have gone further and dealt with GPS tracking of wireless devices, like mobile phones.”

While I agree that the ruling did not go far enough, it certainly is a sign that the court understands that technology capabilities aside, we (all citizens) do have a right to privacy within the vehicles we operate and that placing a GPS tracking device on a vehicle requires a search warrant. I must confess that I have been poring over the oral arguments and trying to figure out which way the court would rule, but felt that it was too close to call. So while the rest of the world was focused on SOPA and PIPA last week (my esteemed co-blogger included), I was anxiously awaiting the court’s ruling. And thankfully, as a card carrying member of the high tech community and American citizen, it was well worth the wait! (more…)

January 23, 2012 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Confessions of a Privacy Junkie (and a list of my favorite privacy resources!)

By Mary Ludloff

The holiday season is upon us and we are being inundated (happily) with best and worst lists as well as predictions for 2012. Terence and I will reveal our own lists soon but I thought that I might take this post to chat about our book (Privacy and Big Data) and the evolution of a privacy junkie (me). But before I begin, a note to our regular readers: I know that I promised a part 2 in my series on McKinsey and location tracking and it’s coming… in early 2012 (yes, I have taken poetic license with scheduled dates!).

As you all are far more aware than you might want to be due to our incessant plugging, we (Terence and Mary) wrote a book on Privacy and Big Data this year. I have always been concerned about privacy issues and thought that I was well informed on the subject so why not co-author the book? How much work would it really entail? After all, this is a topic that Terence and I talk (and argue) about pretty much every day so all we needed to do was collate our combined knowledge and voilà, a book is born! Six months later, after reading through thousands and thousands of pages of research, books, articles, and posts on the topic of privacy, I can safely say that I am now a privacy junkie of the highest order (I suspect Terence is as well but I digress). (more…)

December 21, 2011 at 10:15 am 2 comments

PII Venture Forum: Session Videos Available

By Terence Craig

Mary and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting at the PII Venture Forum on the players and business models forming around PII.  As usual for a PII event, we learned more than we taught and had a great time meeting the other speakers and participants.

One presentation tip learned from the day: following a panel that includes uber VCs Fred Wilson and Roger McNamee, our friend Jim Adler from Intellus, David Glazer from Google and All things Digital’s Kara Swisher is like being the house band that is asked to follow The Who when Daltry still had the best voice in rock roll!

But Mary and I managed to survive and were happy with the results. You can see the video of our presentation here.

The blog is shutting its door for the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the US but we will back next week.  We wish you and your families all the best, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or not!

November 22, 2011 at 10:33 am 1 comment

Three Things Everyone Should Know About Privacy (in honor of the Engaging Brand)

By Terence Craig

Last week I had the privilege of being interviewed by Anna Farmery for her podcast, “the Engaging Brand.” The topic was our book (Mary is the co-author) “Privacy and Big Data.” For those of you who may not know, the Engaging Brand is a multiple awarding winning, business-focused podcast with a large international audience.  The interview was filled with insightful questions and will be posted this early next week (please check it out as well as their other great content here). Anna is a prolific twitter commenter about all things social media and is well worth following (@engagingbrand).    Anna asked me to follow up with a post that talks about three things that everyone should know about privacy for her listeners, so here we go:

  1. What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas is a well know phrase and the Internet corollary is: What happens on the Web STAYS on the Web (forever).  Even if you trust the company you are sharing your information with, do you trust the person that buys your data from them, or the company they merge with, the government agency that serves them with a warrant, or the 14 year old that hacks their server? So keep it simple: Don’t share data that you are not comfortable with being public.
  2. Don’t assume that local laws will protect your privacy – privacy laws differ markedly and which laws that apply to your data is a guessing game. Bottom line:  the intersection of local and international privacy laws almost never leads to more privacy.
  3. Remember the positive – while it’s true that our lives are becoming a much more open book, it is also true that the actions of large corporations and governments are becoming more transparent as well. I firmly believe that this increased transparency will help the 21st century avoid some of the horrors of the 20th by ensuring that we know what is being done in our name.

Thanks again to Anna for this opportunity to reach out to her audience.  Please send me any questions or comments about the book, or privacy in general to big-privacy@patternbuilders.com or @terencecraig.  Also, we arranged for a special discount on our book, “Privacy and Big Data,” for The Engaging Brand audience:

  • 50% off the electronic version
  • 40% off the printed version

Simply enter AUTHD as the discount code at the O’Reilly book page.

October 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

O’Reilly Webcast On “The Evolution from Private to Public: Is There Privacy in the Digital Age?” Scheduled for October 28 (And it’s free)!

By Mary Ludloff

For those of you who attended our webcast on Privacy and Big Data (replays available) you may remember a little teaser at the end of it regarding an upcoming privacy panel that we are sponsoring. Well, details on the panel are now available and you can register for it here.  And I have got to say that it features a great group of privacy experts:

  • Natalie Fonseca, the moderator, is the co-founder of Tech Policy Summit and the Privacy Identity Innovation Conference.
  • Jim Adler, panelist, is the Chief Privacy Officer and General Manager of Data Systems at Intelius.
  • danah boyd, panelist, is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research (amongst many other affiliations) and is known for her work on youth engagement, privacy, and risky behaviors (some of her research is discussed in our book).
  • Terence Craig, panelist, is the CEO/CTO of PatternBuilders, a frequent blogger and speaker on privacy issues, as well as my esteemed co-author on our book “Privacy and Big Data.”
  • Betsy Masiello, panelist, is a Policy Manager on Google’s public policy team and is one of the leads for Google’s privacy efforts.

This esteemed panel is going to address “The Evolution from Private to Public: Is There Privacy in the Digital Age? Tune in on October 28, 10:00 AM PDT, for what promises to be a very lively discussion from panelists that are never shy about sharing their (varied) opinions as they take on the issue of how our private and public worlds are colliding in the digital age!

October 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Privacy and Big Data: Webcast Now Available!

By Terence Craig

Mary and I had a great time – and a couple of good arguments during our webcast “Privacy and Big Data: Is there room for privacy in the age of big data?” last week. The kind folks at O’Reilly have just made a recording available in case you missed it. You can find it here.  O’Reilly is also offering 50% off of all its Ebooks (offer expires September 28) including ours so go grab it.  The discount code B2SDEAL.  We would love to hear your comments on the webcast and the book – either as comments on this post or hit us up on twitter @terencecraig, @mludloff or bigprivacy@patternbuilders.com.

September 19, 2011 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Privacy and Big Data is almost here!

By Terence Craig


Our e-book is entering production next week which is the final step before publication. Mary and I are very happy with the result and hope you will be as well.

We will let you know when we have the official release date. But as a teaser, here  is the cover (which we love).  However, I will admit to being pretty distressed when I found out that because this was a security book we weren’t allowed to get one of the famous O’Reilly animal covers. But then again, since O’Reilly authors are never told why a particular animal is picked for a book by the talented Ms. Friedman and given that mysteries drive me nuts its probably just as well! 😉

August 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm 1 comment

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