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Make Data Work
21–22 May 2018: Training
22–24 May 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK
Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan
Director, Babilim Light Industries

Website | @aallan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer, and journalist who has recently been spending a lot of time thinking about the internet of things, which he thinks is broken. He is the author of a number of books and sometimes also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things or deploying sensors to measure them. A couple of years ago, he rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensor motes covering the entirety of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering. A few years before that, he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time, which caused several class-action lawsuits and a US Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.

Alasdair sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him or, more frequently, provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for Make magazine and a contributor to O’Reilly Radar. Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work, he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.

Sessions

14:0514:45 Thursday, 24 May 2018
Executive Briefing, Law, ethics, and governance, Strata Business Summit
Location: Capital Suite 17 Level: Beginner
Secondary topics:  Security and Privacy, Telecom
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
The increasing ubiquity of the internet of things has put a new focus on data privacy. Big data is all very well when it's harvested quietly and stealthily, but when your things tattle on you behind your back, it's a very different matter altogether. Alasdair Allan explains why the internet of things brings with it a whole new set of big data problems that can't be ignored. Read more.