Our weekly round up of relevant news from around data (big or otherwise), social, trends and our very own index:


Political engagement in 2017
Measuring the level of political engagement across a nation is a fundamental source of information and insight for any parliament.

The things most likely to kill you in one infographic
Humans are notoriously bad at assessing risk. It’s why someone lights up another cigarette while worrying about getting killed by a terrorist, and why so many of us calmly drive to work everyday but feel nervous getting on a plane.

50% of Gen Z ‘Can’t Live Without YouTube’ and Other Stats That Will Make You Feel Old
Generation Z, the kids and teens born between roughly 1996 and 2010, is gaining power as a consumer segment. And unlike millennials, most of whom witnessed the start of the internet revolution, Gen Z has grown up in an entirely digital world, giving them a totally new outlook that marketers are now racing to understand.

14 Ways to Improve Your Self-Discipline
Trying to kick a bad habit? Eat healthier? Go to the gym every day? It’s important to achieve your goals and become your best self, but no one said it’d be easy. It takes a lot of self-discipline.


Twitter AGM: Should the social network become a co-operative? Two million Brits would back the idea as shareholders prepare to vote
How do you solve a problem like Twitter? It’s a conundrum where many can’t live without it, but it’s not making enough money.

Nasdaq launches machine intelligence-enhanced data service
Nasdaq has launched a service to help fund managers and quantitative traders better use data from social media, central bank announcements, retail sentiment and other sources to improve trading profits.


Big Data Complexity Up, Is ‘Engine’ Portability A Potent Potable?
As a Hitachi Group Company these days, data analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) company Pentaho appears to have maintained its original brand and original approach to technology under its parent.

How to start your big data project
Experts at Computing’s recent Big Data & IoT Summit discuss how to launch a big data project. Boards expect results, but not all projects deliver, so how should you deal with that?

​Microsoft’s Middle East chief: ‘Cloud, big data, IoT are only part of the story
Samer Abu Ltaif, president of Microsoft’s Middle East and Africa operation has been with the company since 2004. In that time, the region has changed rapidly, driven by a youthful population and a major uptake in IT and telecoms. Unlocking the potential afforded by these technologies and a young and diverse population will be essential for its future.

Big data in space: ‘It’s important to know where you are when you want to communicate with Earth’
Dr Redouane Boumghar, research fellow in data science for space operations at the European Space Agency, explains how big data and collaboration tools are revolutionising space travel.

How dating app Badoo built its own big-data analytics platform
Badoo claims to be the largest dating app in the world. With 340 million users across 190 countries it provides a number of apps and white label services across multiple platforms that offer assistance with the age-old quest of hooking up romantically with a compatible other.

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