Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity

Abstract Data have become a torrent flowing into every area of the global economy. Companies churn out a burgeoning volume of transactional data, capturing trillions of bytes of information about their customers, suppliers, and operations. millions of networked sensors are being embedded in the physical world in devices such as mobile phones, smart energy meters, [...]


ACM Tech Pack on Cloud Computing

Abstract Cloud computing promises to radically change the way computer applications and services are delivered, and managed. Although the term means different things to different people, and includes a bit of marketing hype and technical redefinition, the potential benefits are clear. Large datacenters permit resource sharing across hosted applications and lead to economies of scale [...]


International Research and Development in Biosensing

Abstract This report reviews international research and development activities in the field of biosensing. Biosensing includes systems that incorporate a variety of means, including electrical, electronic, and photonic devices; biological materials (e.g., tissue, enzymes, nucleic acids, etc.); and chemical analysis to produce detectable signals for the monitoring or identification of biological phenomena. This is distinct [...]


Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change

Abstract In today’s digital economy, consumer information is more important than ever. Companies are using this information in innovative ways to provide consumers with new and better products and services.  Although many of these companies manage consumer information responsibly, some appear to treat it in an irresponsible or even reckless manner.  And while recent announcements [...]


The next Google

Abstract Ten years ago this month, Google’s first employee turned up at the garage where the search engine was originally housed. What technology at a similar early stage today will have changed our world as much by 2018? Nature asked some researchers and business people to speculate — or lay out their wares. Their responses [...]


Data Protection Law and the Ethical Use of Analytics

Abstract Organizations now work in a data-rich environment. As the Article 29 Working Group of the EU recently noted, ‘‘[W]e are witnessing a so-called ‘data deluge’ effect, where the amount of personal data that exists, is processed and is further transferred continues to grow.’’ From all indications, the data deluge will not only continue, but [...]