It is expected that in 2010, mankind will create 150 exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data. The Economist reports on the "data deluge" which "has great potential for good," as long as mankind makes the right choices about when to restrict versus encourage its flow. The article highlights which industries are best at gathering and making use of data ("plucking the diamond from the waste"), and discusses the risks: missing disks, lost laptops, unexpected changes to social networking sites' privacy policies, for example. "The best way to deal with these drawbacks of the data deluge is," the report states, "paradoxically, to make more data available in the right way..."
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