Smart contracts using blockchains could help IoT devices to share data appropriately and securely.

The success of the Internet of Things (IoT) depends on sharing data between different devices but it needs to be done appropriately. But there are some brand new technologies that might support appropriate data sharing and they can do it on a massive scale.  Sharing (data) is good for us. The more we share thenContinue reading “Smart contracts using blockchains could help IoT devices to share data appropriately and securely.”

IoT paranoia: can your devices trust the other IoT devices that help them?

For the Internet of Things (IoT) to function well then lots of IoT devices need to work together properly. But how can these other devices be trusted? Blockchain technologies might be the answer. The idea of any device with a chip and a web connection working with any other device has lots of potential. At home yourContinue reading “IoT paranoia: can your devices trust the other IoT devices that help them?”

Privacy: Is there a missing third party in our emerging Big Data society? (new white paper)

Personal data can be used for great harm as well as for great good. The more that data is shared between organisations then the more value it can create. But personal privacy is becoming more and more of an issue, although the way firms handle, share and reuse data is much too complicated for most individualsContinue reading “Privacy: Is there a missing third party in our emerging Big Data society? (new white paper)”

Common threads running through three recent Big Data roundtables

Source: Wikimedia commons In the last few weeks I’ve been to three roundtables that were full of experts on Big Data and Big Data analytics or business users of the insights from such analytics. There were also a few Members of Parliament and senior industry regulators. The first roundtable was at Econsultancy, the second was atContinue reading “Common threads running through three recent Big Data roundtables”

Mobile Big Data: how to link very large scale analytics with very small scale personal needs.

[Source: Wikimedia Commons] Retail is being drastically changed by new digital technologies like Big Data analytics and the services that mobile smart phones can deliver. Big Data has been discussed a lot but there is little analysis on what it can specifically do for firms and their customers. Also, apps that run on Mobile devices,Continue reading “Mobile Big Data: how to link very large scale analytics with very small scale personal needs.”

The flipside of the personal data coin: useful suggestions on one side and ownership, control and responsibility on the other

Think about how Tesco Clubcard and many other firms are finding out more and more of our needs, interests and other personal data – in fact every time we use a phone or a web browser to make a transaction or to communicate with friends we generate data that firms collect and can then analyse. These areContinue reading “The flipside of the personal data coin: useful suggestions on one side and ownership, control and responsibility on the other”

They are looking at you: Google’s telescope versus Facebook’s telescope.

I love the way that Google+ is an even bigger reason to login and give Google a token to link together all my other interactions with Google products. Each of which tells Google a little bit about what I’m interested in. Google products are not there to get customers to use the web, they’re thereContinue reading “They are looking at you: Google’s telescope versus Facebook’s telescope.”

Big data + smart phone app = global as well as local, centralised as well as decentralised.

The huge data center which runs in the cloud can now connect to you via an app on your smart phone. This set up combines scale and power with precision and personalisation. Firms are starting to make apps that are really useful helpers for shoppers. Like this one for shoppers at the DIY chain Lowe’sContinue reading “Big data + smart phone app = global as well as local, centralised as well as decentralised.”