Category Archives: Data quality

Facial recognition

The suspect makes his fingerprints unreadable, and doesn’t have a wallet or other ID.  Who is he?

“Controversial Facial System Identifies Suspect,” The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2019 A3. Facial recognition used to identify the shooter at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, where five died.  A picture was run through the drivers license data base, and up popped his license photo.

Biometrics as information?  Role of technology in information governance?

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Old dogs, new tricks

“Old Spy Plane Tries to Learn New Tricks,” The Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2018 A3. Using new data analytical techniques to harvest more information from U2 spy photos taken from 70,000 feet, freeing up human viewers for other duties.

What old information do you have that you could process differently with newly available technology?  What value could you harvest?

 

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On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog

“Sophisticated Email Scam Hits Businesses,” The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2018 A4.  Spoofing emails used to get companies to pay fake invoices. $685million is claims in Q1 2018.

An attorney mistakenly wired $250K to the wrong account.  Oops.

You have processes in place to prevent this, right?  Is that information governance or just good business practice?

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Errors, errors, everywhere

“Flaws Abound in Background Checks,” The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2018 A3. {Article not available on-line).  The NCIS background check (prior to gun purchases) isn’t 100% effective, because not everyone reports.

Where does your information come from?  Is it complete, accurate, and up-to-date?  Does some of it come (or not come) from third parties?

How much do you rely on it in making important decisions?

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Details matter

“New Math: Firms Repair CEO Pay Flubs,” The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2018 B4. Lots of mistakes being made in disclosure about how much money the CEO really makes.

Curious as to why all the mistakes are reports that are too low rather than too high?  Except for Warren Buffett, who gets paid $100,000 a year, but also gets ~$400,000 in security services at his home, where he works a lot.

What does it say when the even the company doesn’t know what the CEO gets paid?  Isn’t this information that they should manage a bit better?

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Bypass on the Information Highway

The President isn’t the only one who seeks to reach the audience direct.

“Musk Hits At Media For Tesla Coverage,” The Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2018 B4.  Elon plans a site where the public can rate the credibility of news sources.

If “the media” continues to get targeted for fake news, where will people go for their news? Facebook?  Is it possible to separate facts from opinions?

What’s next?  Macy’s telling shoppers to go to Gimbels?  Cats and dogs living together?

Governance

  • What happens if your company loses credibility?

Information

  • Does the medium color the message?
  • Is opinion “information,” or something else?

Compliance

  • Can you encourage someone else to be objective?
  • Is the policy “all the news that’s fit to print”?  Or something else?

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What is your brand?

“Hundreds of Cryptocurrencies Show Hallmarks of Fraud,” The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2018 A1.  Plagiarism, promises of future returns, and fake executives found in offering materials for cryptocurrency companies.

What can investors expect if they invest in these companies?

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