Monthly Archives: June 2013


Social Media + Big Data = Confused Journalism

I’ve just come across this article,¬†which claims that the combination of social media and big data will be responsible for who wins the US Presidential election in 2016. It’s a bold assertion, and it comes on the back of many other opinion pieces that vaunt the major role of big data in the 2012 election. […]

Edward Snowden

PRISM, Snowden and the NSA: when Big Data becomes Too Much Data

A lot has already been written about Edward Snowden’s claims regarding the NSA and its PRISM program. I don’t intend to get into the politics of this issue or contemplate what Snowden’s motivations might be – this has been covered at length elsewhere. My interest, at this point, lies in the technical implications of what […]