Overview of Vivek Wadhwa’s Data 2.0 Talk, “The New Information Age”

Vivek Wadhwa is a senior research associate with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, an executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and a visiting scholar at the School of Information at University of California at Berkeley. This is an overview of his talk at the Data 2.0 Conference. You can see the livestream of this conference at the Data 2.0 Conference website.

9:19 Introduction
According to SxSW speech by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman:

Web 1.0 was about “go search, get data”
Web 2.0 is about “real identities and real relationships”
Web 3.0 “Real identities generating massive amounts of data”

9:21 Data pre-web was about weather, climate, employment, phone book. This was public information but did not provides insights about people.

web 2.0 generates data about our behavior—what we watch, where we shop, where we travel, etc. “So much data is being collected about us, Big Brother would be jealous.”

9:24 web 3.0: the web gets social

Data from web 2.0 is collected and help connect us to each other as well as provide insights about society.

9:27 What’s next—data will be collected from personal videos, medical records, and collection of mobile data. Goes beyond Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook and could go straight into your genome.

9:30 Vivek explains how other countries are taking this a step further. Every single man, woman and child in India will have their fingerprints and iris scans recorded into the largest, most complex identity database in the world. This will make it easier to track and hold people accountable, but also opens up internal security abuse.

9:34 Vivek explains U.S. efforts towards open data. Funding for data.gov has been reduced from $35 million to $2 million, but the project has saved the government 3 billion dollars. It will not go away according to Vivek’s conversations with Vivek Kundra and other government officials.

9:37 Vivek talks about what problems are in place for open data. Government data is being stored on legacy systems that are not powerful. Contractors are continually selling IMS, which is antiquated for storage. We can’t wait for the government to come to us. We must present modern solutions so our government can go beyond these legacy systems. They are open to change but we must take the initiative to make it happen.

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