The Internet of Things may bring a new economic boom
Wed 3 Dec 2014, 21:20

IT World thinks the Internet of Things (IoT) may be more significant in reshaping the competitive landscape than the arrival of the Internet. Its productivity potential is so powerful it will deliver a new era of prosperity. That's the argument put forth by Michael Porter, an economist at the Harvard Business School and James Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, in a recent Harvard Business Review essay. PTC is a product design software firm that recently acquired machine-to-machine (M2M) firm Axeda Corp.

In the past 50 years, IT has delivered two major transformations or "waves," as the authors describe it. The first came in the 1960s and 1970s, with IT-enabled process automation, computer-aided design and manufacturing resource planning. The second was the Internet and everything it delivered. The third is IoT.


EDPS keynote speech on recent developments in data protection
Mon 11 May 2015, 15:40
"Big data, big data protection: challenges and innovative solutions", keynote speech given by Giovanni Buttarelli at ERA Conference on Recent Developments in Data Protection Law.
EDPS opinion on Towards a new digital ethics
Fri 11 Sep 2015, 16:20

The European Data Protection Supervisor published an opinion highlighting some of the major technology trends which may involve unacceptable processing of  personal information or may interfere with the right to privacy. It outlines a four-tier ‘big data protection ecosystem’ to respond to the digital challenge. The EDPS has also announced the establishment of an external Ethics Board, that will help to better assess the ethical implications of how personal information is defined and used in the big data and artificial intelligence driven world.

The Opinion follows on from the previous Opinion on the General Data Protection Regulation which aimed to assist the main institutions of the EU in reaching the right  consensus on workable, future-oriented set of rules which enable and promote the rights and freedoms of the individual.

Links to the Opinion and press release.

The new EDPS Ethics Board
Fri 18 Sep 2015, 18:09

Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), recently announced the formation of a new external Ethics Board that will do a deep dive into the complex ethical issues that surround the use of  personal data in the “big data” economy. The EDPS is particularly concerned about the rise of artificial intelligence and its implications for personal data protection.

Please read the press release and full opinion here.

If you’re launching a tech startup in 2016, focus on privacy and fast data
Thu 24 Dec 2015, 01:20

Enterprises over the last decade have devoted large portions of their IT budgets to collecting, securing and analyzing huge volumes of big data. Or at least trying to.

But heading into 2016, the increasing complexity of networks, and the sheer number of connected devices that are constantly streaming data over those networks, will create a paradigm shift in how enterprises secure and manage information and systems.

European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Big Data
Fri 24 Mar 2017, 22:20

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the fundamental rights implications of big data. The resolution stresses that "the prospects and opportunities of big data" can only be realized "when public trust in these technologies is ensured by a strong enforcement of fundamental rights and compliance with current EU data protection law." The resolution discusses the importance of data protection, accountability, transparency, data security, and privacy by design.