Monthly Archives: November 2012

Quis custodiet provisores ipsos?

To a smart lecture on cyber-security at the Dutch national policy council (WRR), by Ron Deibert of Citizen Lab. Deibert spends his time thinking about the ways that organisations and governments may be using our data for surveillance and control, and transfixed an audience of Dutch-speaking policymakers for nearly two hours with his account of […]

OII workshop on big data – inviting applications

The Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Sloan Foundation and the Digital Social Research directorate of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC), will be holding a 2-day workshop, 21-22 March 2013 for social scientists who are grappling with the challenges of big data. The workshop is targeted at those who […]

The internet archiving puzzle: who can capture the web, and what happens if they do?

On Tuesday I went to a workshop on Big-Data Analytics for the Temporal Web run by LAWA (Longitudinal Analytics of Web Archive data). LAWA is an EU-funded project to develop new archiving techniques for the web, and is the European counterpart to the US Wayback Machine. In Paris, in a startlingly low-tech classroom at the […]

Did big data win the US election?

Much has been made of the role of big data in this year’s US elections. The New York Times has reported how both campaigns have been mining even the most private personal data to try to get an edge in terms of mobilising voters, and Stephen Baker has studied how the ‘numerati’ are being employed […]