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Tech & Social Headlines: UK 9th in Global Networked Readiness Index

Two headlines stand out today. Both connected by a similar theme around haves and have-nots. They highlight the need for us to be fully cognisant of the world we are creating through technology and the potential impact on people across the world.

The first piece, a US White House report, identifies potential for discrimination in big data usage. The full report is to be published shortly.

The second, a more in-depth piece, is the MIT article on the results of The Global Information Technology Report 2014 by the World Economic Forum. The findings indicate that poorer countries are likely to miss out on big data boom. The report itself is far reaching and incredibly detailed. I have pulled out the ranking chart below which shows how the UK fares –  9th overall.  It’s a fascinating read, and well worth checking out (if you like that kind of thing).

World Economic Forum - Global Information Technology Report 2014 - Top 10

World Economic Forum – Global Information Technology Report 2014 – Top 10

Top picks:

ABC: Discrimination Potential Seen in ‘Big Data’ Use

MIT: Poorer Countries Stand to Miss Out on the Big Data Boom

Best of the rest:

InvestmentNews: Adviser tech: Big data, gameification are next

Mashable: Harvard-Backed Experfy Aims to Disrupt the Big Data Consulting Industry

TEC: Happy 60th Anniversary to the Modern Solar Cell

GulfBusiness: The Middle East Eyes Solar As Easy Oil Era Ends

Mashable: Race and Social Media: How to Push the Conversation Forward

SEJ: 10 Social Media Accounts You Can Learn From

LHP: PR the social-media way

CIO: Has Social Media Become the Wild, Wild West for Marketers?

Guardian: Deep reading: ‘an island in the sea of technology’

NBC: Singapore Plows Ahead of U.S. With Technology in Classrooms

ITV: Praying mantises get to test out worlds smallest 3D glasses

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