Anonymization

Natural Language Processing is changing how we interact with machines…. and with each other

A shunned science not long ago, Natural Language Processing enables humans to interact with machines in ways not possible only a few years ago. The new types of human-machine collaboration will enhance our abilities as humans and enable us to process more informed decisions in business, in health, in communication. Natural Language Processing is changing how we interact with machines…. and with each other. As I watched a family re-run of “Lost” (yes, the first 25 chapters ending in 2005), I could not fail to notice a missing integral part of any 2020 citizen: mobile phones, pictures, internet and machine interaction. Only once, in a flashback, one character picks up a voice call from his sister. Even as the series closed in 2010, there is mobile data collection was in its infancy, and most technologies did not go beyond statistical processes and Bayesian probability. Move on 10 years from the island, […]

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Why is data anonymization important?

Data anonymization refers to the process of de-identifying personal information from text. A type of information sanitization with the intention of protecting privacy. Businesses, governments and citizens generate prodigious amounts of data everyday – and the race to hoard and control it is intensifying. Expectant start-ups seek to make their fortunes by exploiting and analyzing data, while governments around the world are harnessing data for effective policy-making. This unparalleled proliferation of data sparks new and complex questions about how it should be managed and protected. The data landscape Recent years have marked a shift in the way we think about personal information online. High-profile data misuse has made us wary of whom we choose to divulge our information to. The 2018 Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal saw millions of Facebook users’ personal data harvested by the consultancy to be used as fuel for political advertising. Users’ confidence in Facebook’s handling of privacy […]