The 3 E’s of big data

We all know the three V’s of big data – volume, variety and velocity (it’s big, it’s complex and it changes rapidly). Recent events got me thinking about the three E’s… Explosiveness We have been hearing for years of the massive volumes of data being generated every second, yet, for most businesses the examples used…

How healthy is data driven healthcare

Over the past few years, the ethics of data use, particularly when related to big data analytics, has been a recurring theme. Most recently, I had a look at the cost of the Facebook data scandal. In this post, I moved away from a purely ethics driven argument to also look at the commercial impact…

The importance of ethics

This weekend’s scandal involving the Australian cricket team and their attempt to cheat against South Africa has made world news. Even CNN had a ticker running in the subject and Americans don’t even watch cricket. For those that haven’t been paying any attention to the news – on Saturday, as the third Test match in…

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SASSA controversy and “creepy” data

Many South Africans will be familiar with the recent controversy over the renewal of the Net1 contract to pay social grants. I prefer not to engage with the merits of the Net1 decision – ultimately the I do not have access to the facts. The realities of whether an alternative could have, or should have, been…