This week in data – June 8

Facebook’s up to mischief again

…that’s to put it mildly. The New York Times reports just weeks after the Cambridge Analytica scandal that Facebook has shared data with more than 60 third parties – including device makers like Apple and Samsung. Considering Zuckerberg just testified to Congress about data sharing and safety…this is not a good look.

THE TAKEAWAY:

“Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders.”

Energy data sharing struggling to take off

The energy market in Australia has been big on energy data – smart meters and the like. But now, SAS and Cisco say their new platform is being blocked by companies that won’t talk to each other. The platform tracks energy uses with connected devices, but the law is stopping its expansion.

THE TAKEAWAY:

“At the moment, there are restrictions…because of data sharing rules, laws and compliance regulations. Those sorts of systems are needed for individual companies, but they are not necessary for the whole grid.”

Aussie Airports to create new data sharing system

When it comes to planes, the more info the better we say. Now Aussie airports are unveiling a new type of shared information system that will help them measure aircraft movements, including on the ground. Turns out that air traffic controllers don’t have access to all of that information right now. Better late than never?

THE TAKEAWAY:

“An air traffic controller can view the same real-time data that an airport or airlines operations manager can see…Ultimately this gives us greater predictability and working together we can plan the most efficient operations.\”

Copenhagen leads the way for smart cities

A lot of countries are big on smart cities, but not many of them are actually making progress. Denmark made a big step forward with a new report, which maps out exactly what others need to do to get value from these types of plans. Short answer: create viable uses cases that citizens will actually value. Go figure.

THE TAKEAWAY:

“The CDE team has pinpointed key challenges such as an immature data market, fragmented data landscape, reluctance to share data due to concerns about privacy and competitor access, and a data skills gap.”

We’re now in Singapore!

We’re bragging! Sorry not sorry. Data Republic has opened a new office in Singapore, and things are happening fast: we’re speaking with prospective launch customers. Given the thirst for data in south-east Asia, we’re confident this one will be a winner.

THE TAKEAWAY:

“Given our growth and the demands of our global clients, expanding to Singapore makes sense. We’re looking forward to supporting the Singaporean state’s ambition to be a world leader in the emerging global data economy.”

Until next week,

Team Data Republic

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