Pew Reports on American Digital Habits Post-Snowden

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A recent report from the Pew Research Center provides an interesting look into Americans’ online habits following Edward Snowden’s revelations about surveillance practices in the United States. The survey questioned adults about the extent to which their attitudes and online behaviors had changed following the revelations. Of the population of U.S. adults who are aware of […]

Improving Security and Efficiency in the Public Sector with Hadoop

Interested in using Hadoop in the federal space?  A white paper has been added to the CTOVision Research Library which showcases several use cases for improving security and efficiency for government agencies using Hadoop. Use Cases are grouped together into two main themes: IT Efficiency and Good Government practices. IT Efficiency covers offloading ETL to […]

Twitter’s Fight for Transparency Targets the U.S. Government

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American interest in online privacy and surveillance programs has jumped since Edward Snowden’s revelations about digital government surveillance in the United States. Deteriorating public relations have plagued intelligence agencies that have been identified as participating in the mass surveillance phenomenon, and many tech companies have already responded to their customers’ concerns with more encryption or […]

Pew Report: Speaking Up or Staying Silent on Social Media

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Hope has been placed on the Internet (particularly on social media) to expose users to more sources of information and diverse points of view. In traditional settings, people going about their days do not always feel inclined to engage with strangers, acquaintances, and friends over controversial issues every time they meet at work or on the street […]

Ensure Your Command Center/Ops Center Stays Relevant By Leveraging Wayin: See video of this broadcast media use case

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We have previously written about Wayin (I am proud to be one of their advisors). Their capabilities continue to evolve to enable organizations to continually improve how social media is used to both understand and engage. Wayin’s success in the marketplace has centered around sensemaking over social data in ways that can improve the value […]

PNAS Editor Acknowledges Controversy of Facebook Study

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Since its June publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, Facebook’s Experimental Evidence of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion through Social Networks – a psychological experiment that manipulated the level of optimism or pessimism of users’ news feeds and measured subsequent Facebook activity – has received almost universally negative attention online. Although users […]