Tim Cook Takes His Turn to Dunk on Facebook, Backing Data Privacy Regulations

Mark Zuckerberg and his data-hoarding creation Facebook remain in the crosshairs this week as scrutiny over its Cambridge Analytica profile-scraping scandal continues to mount, with the social media giant’s stock price falling by over 13 per cent this week. Read More >>

Mark Zuckerberg: I Can Barely Handle This CNN Interview, What Makes You Think I Can Handle Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fresh off of not apologising for the social media giant’s failure to prevent sketchy election data firm Cambridge Analytica from partnering with a similarly sketchy app to allegedly scrape 50 million users’ profile data, briefly emerged from his gilded panic room on Wednesday evening for an interview with CNN’s Laurie Segall in which he largely repeated his PR department’s talking points. Read More >>

British Trains Are The Envy Of Europe… When It Comes To Data, Anyway

When it comes to trains, the conventional wisdom is that Britain doesn’t have much to be proud of. We may have invented the steam engine, but today we can look at France with its extensive high speed TGV network, or Switzerland with its punctuality… and suddenly our trains instinctively feel a bit… shit, right? Read More >>

The FBI is Developing Software to Track and Sort People by Their Tattoos 

An Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) investigation has revealed an awfully Orwellian fact: the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is working with government researchers to develop advanced tattoo recognition technology. This would allow law enforcement to sort and identify people based on their tattoos to determine “affiliation to gangs, sub-cultures, religious or ritualistic beliefs, or political ideology”. Read More >>

This Cool Animation Tracks How All the World’s Airports Are Connected

We rarely stop to think of just how many people the world’s airlines transport on any given day, never mind form a mental picture of that activity. Now there’s a nifty animated visualisation of how all those different airports around the globe are connected—a total of 3,200 airports and 60,000 routes in all. Read More >>

Moneyball-ing Eurovision: Could Big Data Help the UK Win the Song Contest?

Tonight Britain answers perhaps the most important question about Europe that it will face this year: Who should represent us in the Eurovision Song Contest? Read More >>

Wikipedia is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, According to a New Study

Wikipedia is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the noble goal of decentralised knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over time, it has wandered further and further from its early egalitarian ideals, according to a new paper published in the journal Future Internet. In fact, such systems usually end up looking a lot like 20th-century bureaucracies. Read More >>

Facebook is Probably Tracking All Those Rainbow Profile Pictures

Following Friday’s US Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage across all the States of America, Facebook released a tool that encouraged people express solidarity with a rainbow profile picture. Naturally, Facebook is also keeping track of who’s using it. [Update: Facebook didn’t deny it.] Read More >>

IBM’s Watson Could Offer Customised Treatment to Every Cancer Patient

Rather than relying on extreme approaches like chemotherapy and radiation treatments, cutting-edge cancer cures are looking more towards a surgical strike, tailored to shutting down the mutations that are driving growth. And the secret weapon in that fight might just be a well-known Jeopardy contestant. Read More >>

How to Use Satellite Imagery to Predict Market Activity

You can do some crazy shit with satellite imagery. What kinds of crazy shit? Well, for one, a startup is spying on the shadows of half-built skyscrapers in China and then selling the data to investors who want to predict how the property market will act. Read More >>

The Government Wants an All-Knowing Central Database of UK Citizen Details

They may all come under the same governmental banner, but ask anyone that's had an issue that requires inter-departmental communication and it'll quickly become clear that the government's left hand rarely knows what the right is doing. A large part of that problem is down to the fractured nature of departmental databases, many running differing, incompatible systems. Read More >>