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Latest Big Data News


Breach exposes data of every Covid-19 positive Welsh patient

Wales’ national public health agency has apologised after accidentally uploading the data of every citizen who tested positive for Covid-19 to a public-facing server.

Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed the personal data of 18,105 Welsh residents was uploaded by mistake to the insecure server and searchable by anyone using the site.


UK Government details National Data Strategy

A strategy to make the UK a “global champion of data” has been set out, putting it at the heart of the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Data Strategy includes five priority missions the Government must take to capitalise on the opportunities data offers, including unlocking the value of data across the economy, securing a pro-growth and trusted data regime, transforming government’s use of data to drive efficiency and improve public services, ensuring the security and resilience of the infrastructure on which data relies and championing the international flow of data.


NASA taps Nvidia GPUs to predict solar flares with cutting-edge deep learning

NASA researchers have developed new deep learning techniques powered by Nvidia GPUs that can understand what’s happening beneath the sun’s surface and predict earth-damaging solar flares.

The intense heat created by our nearest star creates a boiling reaction which makes its surface bubbly. These bubbles (or granules) are visible when magnified through telescopic images and offer an indication of what’s happening beneath the sun’s outer layer.


AI cancer research centres in UK receive £50 million funding boost

Artificial intelligence capable of spotting deadly diseases like cancer is to receive a £50 million funding boost in a bid to speed up diagnosis times.

The extra cash is being awarded to three specialist centres based in Coventry, Leeds and London, delivering digital upgrades to pathology and imaging services across an additional 38 NHS trusts, the Department of Health and Social Care (DoH) said.


DeepMind forges new AI that churns out reinforcement learning algorithms

DeepMind researchers have developed a new AI technique that generates reinforcement learning algorithms by interacting with environments.

In a study posted on pre-print server Arxiv.org, researchers from the innovative AI firm claimed the algorithms were a dab hand at some of Atari’s most complex games, suggesting the technique could be used to discover generalisable reinforcement learning algorithms from data alone.


NHS rolls out predictive analytics to help hospitals forecast Covid-19 admissions

Predictive analytics is being rolled out across the NHS in a bid to help hospitals forecast coronavirus and direct resources where they are needed most.

The new Joint Biosecurity Centre is being asked to give the NHS locally advance warnings of any uptick in coronavirus admissions with the support of a machine learning-powered tool.


Renault migrates data to Google Cloud Platform

Groupe Renault has announced a new multi-year deal with Google Cloud to help the french car manufacturer accelerate its Industry 4.0 transformation.

A major component of the partnership is optimisation of Renault’s industrial data platform, which connects and aggregates industrial data from 22 global sites and 2,500 machines.


UK and Australian data regulators to probe Clearview AI

Data regulators in the UK and Australia have announced a joint investigation into practices of facial recognition app Clearview AI.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) said they are looking into the firm’s use of data “scraped” from the internet.


How researchers used AI to expose Zoom’s privacy holes

New research has revealed how AI can easily extract the personal information of video conference participants using screenshots uploaded to social media.

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel used image processing, text recognition tools and social network analysis to process a scraped image dataset of video meetings, which included 15,700 college images and over 140,000 face images of meeting participants.


TikTok halts operations in Hong Kong amid security law fears

TikTok will stop operations in Hong Kong in the wake of a sweeping national security law in the former British colony.

The short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes amid concerns from various social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter over the possibility of providing user data to Hong Kong authorities.


IBM deploys AI and data science to enhance classic Wimbledon footage

Wimbledon 2020 was set to kick off at the All England Club this week.

But just like every other major sporting event under the sun, Covid-19 has stopped play, and the most-watched live sporting event in the UK won’t be returning to screens until next year.


84% of UK citizens fear Covid-19 ‘contact-tracing creep’

A new report has revealed UK citizens fear data harvested for contact-tracing will be used by the Government for purposes other than Covid-19 containment. 

84 percent of 2,218 online consumers surveyed by identity technology provider Okta said they believed personal data collected as part of the UK’s test, track and trace programme would be used for purposes unrelated to Covid-19.

Nevertheless UK citizens are more willing than other countries to give up their data to aid containment of Covid-19, Okta said.