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You had the data, you should have known!

A couple years ago while I was at home with my family for Christmas I got a call from my credit card company. Someone had tried to charge $14,000 to my account on Christmas Eve, “was that you?” they wanted … Continue reading

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This week’s reading: Predicting Premeditation

Last week I stumbled across an interesting summary of a recent paper in the journal Memory and Cognition:  By setting your predictions for the future in a familiar landscape, you allow yourself to use your memories of the past to … Continue reading

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Distributed healthcare or risky business?

Several years ago I worked on a project for a client examining the business opportunities in mobile healthcare—particularly in developing countries. At the time,  it all seemed theoretical—if you had good mobile connections and if smart phone penetration were high … Continue reading

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Predictive sentencing

The upcoming issue of the Atlantic has a fascinating piece written by neuroscientist David Eagleman about criminal behavior and responsibility. It’s apparently adapted from his book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain—which I am looking forward to reading during … Continue reading

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20% time, new focus of my blogging efforts

As announced earlier this week, I’m going to be spending my 20% time next year at the Berkman Center researching the ethics of predictive analytics. I’m really excited about the opportunity. Though much of my work in the past two … Continue reading

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Hyperpublic vs Data-driven

I have taken quite a long break from blogging, but hope to begin again with renewed energy in the coming months. As the first foray back into writing, and the first blog post of 2011, I’m going to share the … Continue reading

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Risk management and privacy

I was in a graduate program with a bunch of engineers studying energy and environmental sciences, transportation systems, and civil engineering. When I first started the program, I didn’t fully understand that there were any significant parallels between my work … Continue reading

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Reminders of yesterday

About once a month one of my Google calendars rises up from hibernation to remind me of birthdays. I’ll never forget as a child going to visit my grandmother, who every week would sit down with her calendar in front … Continue reading

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Do you want a right to fuggedaboutit?

Over in Europe there is an interesting debate raging about a “right to be forgotten.” I find it a fascinating debate on many levels, and as a primer point you to this analysis written up by a colleague. At the … Continue reading

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Fascinating series at Concurring Opinions this week

Earlier this week I was honored to have been invited to participate in an online symposium revisiting the ideas laid out in Jonathan Zittrain’s book The Future of the Internet.  There is a lot of fascinating material there to pour … Continue reading

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