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DataScan: Issue #24

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How will everyone win with the rise of data integration? Can your ML system detect discrimination? Do
 

DataScan

March 26 · Issue #24 · View online
Curated digest on the world of data.

How will everyone win with the rise of data integration? Can your ML system detect discrimination? Do you know how to spot visualisation lies? How was colour switching used on the Commodore 64? Stuck on a programming problem? What makes us happy at work?  
Incase you missed it - I was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today show on Wednesday morning discussing the future of data protection (skip to 1hr 43mins for the data segment by Matthew Price).
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How will everyone win with the rise of data integration? 🔍
Unlike a commodity, information has a way of becoming more valuable when it is shared. That is because of the innovation that can come from the exchange. While owning data is valuable, using it to create new things is the best route to long-term monetisation. The full potential of data can only be realised when the maximum amount of people are allowed to access it. ✅
The ICO has stated that GDPR will make companies responsible for explaining the rationale of decisions made by machines. Consumers will have the right “not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him/her or significantly affects him/her”. –> Companies need to ensure their machine learning systems can detect discrimination. 🤖
The US Senate voted to let internet providers sell web browsing history without needing permission. The privacy rules were introduced under Obama, but internet providers want to be able to sell users’ data and use it for targeted ads - “so they’ve been vocal about opposing the rules since around the time President Trump took office”. 👎  Take action here.
It’s currently more important than ever to be able to spot data visualisation lies. Nathan Yau explains what you should be looking out for and questioning. WORTHWHILE read. 📊
Stack Overflow released the Developer Survey 2017. Key insights:
  • “Among professional developers, 11.3% got their first coding jobs within a year of first learning how to program. A further 36.9% learned to program between one and four years before beginning their careers as developers.”
  • “Only 13.1% of developers are actively looking for a job. But 75.2% of developers are interested in hearing about new job opportunities.”
  • “A majority of developers said they were underpaid. Developers who work in government and non-profits feel the most underpaid, while those who work in finance feel the most overpaid.”
+ INTERESTING clustering of several distinct “ecosystems” of correlated technologies: 
Correlated Technologies, via Stack Overflow
Miscellaneous
Intriguing article by Aaron Bell on how rapid colour switching was used on the Commodore 64 to create previously impossible colours. 😍 😍
Can’t crack that programming problem? Dan Kim argues why sleeping and walking are some of the best techniques to improve your work as a programmer - as fixation forgetting is crucial to problem solving. 👣
What makes us happy at work? 😊  Hired published an interesting report on Dream Jobs - although 70% of respondents believe having their job is possible, only 44% of respondents already have their dream job
– Do you agree on how the report defines a dream job? 🔍
Dream Jobs Report, via HIred
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