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Symposium Introduction: Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data

Symposium Introduction: Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data

This article introduces the topics to be discussed in the latest issue of JNSLP. The author argues that although readers will walk away with a greater understanding of “Big Data” generally, there still remains a need for a greater structural understanding of the subject in order to harness its power and direct its applications for […]

Charting the Future: What to Expect from Big Data

Charting the Future: What to Expect from Big Data

This article is modeled on a panel discussion at the symposium regarding two hypothetical case studies:  the first about detection technologies related to facial recognition and Terahertz detection and the second about passenger name recognition information created by airlines to manage travel reservations.  Through this conversation, the panelists discuss the relationship of big data collection […]

Big Data Before and After Snowden

Big Data Before and After Snowden

The author reflects on a symposium panel discussion on “Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data: National Security in the Age of Unlimited Information” that occurred before the Snowden disclosures. He analyzes the panel discussion in context of the time at which it occurred and compares it to what has become known since June 2013. […]

Big Data: It’s Not the Size That Matters

Big Data: It’s Not the Size That Matters

In this article, the author argues that the premise of “big data” lies not in the amount of data that we can generate, collect or store, but in the ability to use data to make informed decisions. He explores both the needs of data analysis projects and how to apply these types of projects to […]

The Democratization of Big Data

The Democratization of Big Data

The author explores the origins of “big data” and how the phenomenon was able to spread to a wider audience through parallel technological advances in computer hardware and the open source movement. The article focuses specifically on the progress made by Google related to a series of papers published from 2003 to 2006 that were […]

The NSA and Accountability in an Era of Big Data

The NSA and Accountability in an Era of Big Data

In his symposium speech, the General Counsel of the National Security Agency, Raj De attempts to bridge the gap between the public discourse about NSA and the reality of the legal rules, oversight, and responsibility that currently exist at the agency. De sought to clarify NSA’s activities relating to data collection and storage and what […]