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|Wednesday, June 19, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
I asked Thomas Thurston, the data scientist featured in our May issue, to comment on the uproar surrounding PRISM, the code name for the NSA's massive data-collection program, recently exposed in documents leaked by federal contractor Edward Snowden.
Here are my questions, followed by Thurston's email response.
OB: You use big data to benefit business. But how would you articulate the relationship between Big Data and political surveillance? Are the two natural bedfellows? there any lesson or insight to be gleaned about Big Data in the aftermath of the Snowden episode?
Thurston: Scientific discovery is like 'the force' in Star Wars – it can be used for good or bad. On its own, data science and 'big data' are neutral. They allow humanity to do things it couldn't before. This is great when it comes to curing disease and stopping crime, but it can also raise difficult social issues as we're seeing now.
The prime example is when Target used big data to determine a teenage girl was probably pregnant. They started sending her coupons and ads for babies, causing her father to storm into a Target store and give a wicked scolding to the manager on duty. A little while later the father went back to Target and apologized after going home to learn his daughter actually was pregnant and hadn't told him yet. Big data knew his daughter was pregnant before he did! That's a great example of how big data is powerful, but can also be a little creepy.
Linda Baker keeps tabs on CEO and public policy issues.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Friday, November 20, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS AND MARY FAULKNER
It’s been a volatile year in equities and heading into the holiday season, it doesn’t look like these market extremes will dissipate.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
In an era dominated by self-promotion and marketing speak, John Bradley, CEO of R&H Construction, is a breath of fresh air.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Striving for social equity is the mission of many nonprofits, and this year’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon survey shows employees are most satisfied with their organizations’ fair treatment of differing racial, gender, disability, age and economic groups. But as a national discourse about racial discrimination and equity for low-income groups takes center stage, data show Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For still need to make progress on addressing these issues within their own organizations.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
Corporate food service reaches out to foodies.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
’Tis the season of giving — and that goes far beyond trees drowning in Lego sets and ironic knitwear. Santa Claus knows corporations are people too, in need of gifts to warm the hearts (and stomachs) of even the most Grinch-like CFOs.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
I walked off the Vigor Industrial shipyard that day with a clear cover line in mind: the Love Boat.
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