Galya Westler, Plazus Technologies: On the importance of users owning, controlling, and monetising on their data

The benefits of social media as a tool for online communication – real-time discussion, becoming a new portal for breaking news – are evident. But what have the ramifications been?

From the technical side, the old adage ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ comes to mind. Plazus, a startup based in Vancouver, proffers that today’s social media platforms ‘are not equipped to manage large groups in an efficient and effective manner’, and that decentralisation is the way...

Google combines big data and search algorithms to crawl blockchains

Google, to a certain extent, has been behind other tech organisations in terms of managing and creating blockchains. This is because till date, the search engine giant was more about big data and search algorithms. But now it has combined the two to make blockchains searchable via its new suite of software tools to search the data.

For Allen Day -- who works as a senior developer advocate for Google Cloud – customers demand before products even exist, and he believes that the...

60% of pharma companies are experimenting with blockchain, claims study

Six out of 10 pharma companies are now using or experimenting with blockchain technologies, according to a new study by the not-for-profit Pistoia Alliance. The survey of 170 life science and pharmaceutical professionals found that 60% have active interests in the technology, as compared to just 22% when asked in 2017. However, that left 40% of respondents claiming to not be currently exploring or planning to implement any such technology. For those that were, industry-specific...

Big data companies are packaging and reselling your personal data. It’s time to fight back

You are simply a commodity – or, at least, your personal data is. As you browse the internet, shop online, subscribe to magazines, take part in a quiz, order a prescription, or simply engage on social media, big data companies are in the background, quietly collecting all of your personal information. The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal put the spotlight directly on the world of data mining and its uses. Data brokers take all this personally identifiable information (PII)...

Giorgi Javrishvili, CyberVein: Discussing DAG architecture, smart cities, and proof of contribution

It has been an interesting couple of months for CyberVein. The company, headquartered in Shenzhen, aims to create what it calls a universal ‘Internet of Data’ – a distributed ledger system enabling decentralised management of complex datasets on the blockchain itself, theoretically eradicating the need of centralised storage providers. “Attempting to expand this ‘single source of truth’ concept to complex databases that are capable of recording and processing the vast amounts of...

A looming crisis: Exploring a new infrastructure for the era of data

I think it’s fair to say that the face of data as we know it is changing significantly. Not only in the breadth of what we’re able to collect, store and analyse, but in the amount of information produced. It was believed in 2016 that 90% of all the data in existence had been created in the couple of years prior. We’ve come a long way from the days of recording information with pen and paper – smart devices are constantly generating data pertaining to everything from GPS coordinates to...