Great article from Steven Thomson
He sets out questions to ask next time you're about to make a big decision based on a particular set of data:
Are you measuring the right thing? In almost any data-gathering situation, there are far more types of information that could be gathered than you can possibly tackle. Compare the contradictory claims that U.S. wireless phone providers make for their network coverage. No one's lying--they're all just picking different aspects of coverage to measure.
Are you measuring it accurately? There are far more ways to screw up a measurement than there are to get it right. Ever compare election results to what the polls had said right up to the end? And political pollsters are the rocket scientists of data gathering--it's downhill from there.
Are you interpreting the data wisely? Unless someone is inside trading, all investors have access to exactly the same data about public companies. Some investors use that data to get rich, others lose their shirts with it.
What does the data miss? Hollywood tests its forthcoming movies with all kinds of audiences before releasing it. But Disney's extensive testing of "John Carter of Mars" didn't provide the company with whatever information it needed to avoid a $200 million loss.
Comment: Data has always had politics and the story you see if the one you want, we know that. What is more difficult is algorithm bias. Personally I want to know the persons opinions who is presenting to me as I am sure that they have the facts to support their case, this difficulty ( the decision) is surely…. do I want to concur with this as I want it to, or do I want to challenge it.
This is the Facebook view of the world of relationships which start with a period of courtship on Facebook ( e.g messages are exchanged, profiles are visited, posts are shared on each other's timelines.) = snooping. The graph shows the average number of timeline posts exchanged between two people who are about to become a couple. We studied the group of people who changed their status from "Single" to "In a relationship" and also stated an anniversary date as the start of their relationship. During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple. When the relationship starts ("day 0"), posts begin to decrease. We observe a peak of 1.67 posts per day 12 days before the relationship begins, and a lowest point of 1.53 posts per day 85 days into the relationship. Presumably, couples decide to spend more time together, courtship is off, and online interactions give way to more interactions in the physical world.
What does this tell us. If you want to leave a social data aka digital footprints, it will show us a pattern, love being public becomes love being private. We all leave data and therefore we all have patterns, often surprising thing is that we think we are unique but when we see this we find we are all the same.
Source and download : GSMA
Claim: MOBILE USERS’ PRIVACY FEARS ARE HOLDING BACK THE GROWTH OF MOBILE APPS AND SERVICES
However, lots of good data in this report to say many people are worried, however all of us think that the value of mobility and access out weights the privacy concerns. Why can we say this; well all (3.4bn) of us love our mobiles and just get on with it.
Image source: Associated Press
Facebook has changed its policies regarding profiles of users who have passed away. Feb 21st 2014.
A memorialized Facebook profile (when someone has died) was only visible to friends of the deceased, but now Facebook has altered its privacy settings on memorialized profiles so that all functions operate as they did when the user was active on the platform. For example, if a user kept his profile public to anyone on Facebook, that is the way his profile will be even after his passing.
"This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person's expectations of privacy," members of Facebook's community team wrote in their blog. "We are respecting the choices a person made in life while giving their extended community of family and friends ongoing visibility to the same content they could always see."
The policy change involves "Look Back" videos, which were unveiled as part of Facebook's 10th anniversary in early February. Users will now be able to request a "Look Back" video of a loved one who has died.
Also check out http://www.deathanddigitallegacy.com/
Comment: This does assume that you have lived your life on Facebook….. I will always assume that there is more digital data out there than on Facebook.