The quantity of information in the world is soaring. Merely keeping up with, and storing new information is difficult enough. Analyzing it, to spot patterns and extract useful information, is harder still. Even so, this data deluge has great potential for good—as long as consumers, companies, and governments make the right choices about when to restrict the flow of data, and when to encourage it. Find out more.
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are masters of data mining (or business intelligence , as it is now known). By analysing basket data , supermarkets can tailor promotions to particular customers' preferences. The oil industry uses supercomputers to trawl seismic data before drilling wells. And astronomers are just as likely to point a software query tool at a digital sky survey as to point a telescope at the stars. There's much further to go. Despite years of effort, law-enforcement and intelligence agencies' databases are not, by and