This week in data – June 8th

It’s that time of the year again – Mary Meeker has just released her annual internet trends report. We gobbled up all 213 pages but if you’re looking for a quick perspective on ‘Data as a Platform’ skip through to slide 193.

The New York Times asks what happens when you pit an American tech giant against a sovereign state. Hint: Battle lines are being drawn.

The team at SiliconAngle discuss machine learning, data sharing and personalization with IBM Analytics and

And, if you’re looking for a real-world use case of data sharing doing good, check out the launch of the US-based Genomic Data Commons which aims to fight cancer through data-sharing.

Yours in data,

Team Data Republic


KPCB – Mary Meeker – 2016 Internet Trends

The 2016 edition of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report covers today’s Internet growth and an in-depth look at the following:

  • Global Internet users have surpassed 3B; India has supplanted the US as the world’s second-largest Internet market.
  • Internet user growth remains consistent (led by acceleration in India), while smartphone user and shipment growth have slowed…..

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Why the World Is Drawing Battle Lines Against American Tech Giants

Imagine you are a French lawmaker. For decades, you have protected your nation’s cultural output with the diligence of a gardener tending a fragile patch against invasive killer weeds.

You have imposed quotas on the French film industry, required radio stations to play more French music than anyone seems to want to listen to, and you have worked methodically to exempt your actions from international free-trade rules.

And now, out of nowhere, come a handful of American technology companies to wash away all your cultural defenses. Suddenly just about everything that a French citizen buys, reads, watches or listens to flows in some way or another through these behemoths.

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Genomic Data Commons heralds new era of data sharing for cancer research

The Genomic Data Commons, a next-generation platform that enables unprecedented data access, analysis and sharing for cancer research, publicly launched at the University of Chicago on June 6, opening the door to discoveries for this complex set of diseases.

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How is machine learning bringing the future to the present?

Joel Horwitz, director of Corporate & Business Development at IBM Analytics, and Srisatish Ambati, cofounder and CEO of, talked with John Walls and George Gilbert, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the Apache Spark Maker Community event about the future of data and machine learning.

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Each week, we highlight an article worth a second-viewing:

The Economist – The Data Republic

“TECHNOLOGY IS NEITHER good nor bad; nor is it neutral,” said the late Melvin Kranzberg, one of the most influential historians of machinery. The same is true for the internet and the use of data in politics: it is neither a blessing, nor is it evil, yet it has an effect. But which effect? And what, if anything, needs to be done about it?

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