What Google Knows
Via the Wall Street Journal:
Every hour, an active Google user can generate hundreds or thousands of data “events” that Google stores in its computers, said people familiar with its data-gathering process.
These include when people use Google’s array of Web and mobile-device services, which have long collected information about what individuals are privately searching for on the Web. It includes the videos they watch on YouTube, which gets more than one billion visitors a month; phone calls they’ve made using Google Voice and through nearly one billion Google-powered Android smartphones; and messages they send via Android phones or through Gmail, which has more than 425 million users.
If a user signs in to his or her Google account to use Gmail and other services, the information collected grows and is connected to the name associated with the account. Google can log information about the addresses of websites that person visits after doing Google searches.
Even if the person visits sites without first searching for them on Google, the company can collect many of the website addresses people using Google’s Chrome Web browser or if they visit one of millions of sites that have pieces of Google code, such as its “+1” button, installed.
Android-based phones and Google Maps can collect information about people’s location over time. Google also has credit-card information for more than 200 million Android-device owners who have purchased mobile apps, digital books or music, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
Somewhat related bonus: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership, via Bloomberg.
Image: What Google Knows, via the Wall Street Journal. Select to embiggen.
Notes from #NICAR13
Journalists and technologists gathered in Louisville, KY this weekend to explore computer-assisted reporting at NICAR 2013. Throughout the conference, tools and techniques that can improve data-assisted reporting were highlighted.
Chys Wu pulled together a massive list of resources from the conference, including presentations, tutorials, lightning talks, tools and software to check out.
Here’s a collaborative set of notes from sessions at the conference.
ONA Board member Greg Linch collected tweets from the conference.
The Tow Center has a list of resources on data journalism.
Were you at #NICAR13? What were sessions or topics most inspired you?