Ever searched for loose change down the back of the sofa? Ever wondered where all those odd socks go? Or the missing biros? How about the tea spoons from the work canteen? No? Well nor have I, much more important things to do after all. But I have searched for data in the cracks between software architectures, trailed people down the street watching them leak data, data that can tell me and others about their everyday lives, and mined unstructured data for their secrets.
Big data isn't just multi-terabyte datasets hidden inside eventually-concurrent distributed databases in the cloud. It's also about the hidden data you carry with you all the time, data that is generated for you and about you, but not necessarily by you. Hidden data, your data, carrying on its secret life without your knowledge, but with your implicit and implied consent.
Yet another hacker, pretending to be an astronomer, pretending to be a hacker who has written several books on iOS for O'Reilly.
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