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Just as Garland Miccoy called it, Big Data Workshop was the most attended workshop save for the opening session. When Garland came to out booth looking for Vladimir to moderate this workshop, I wondered what Vladimir was going to do given that Diplo was involved in another workshop 149 in room 11 at the same time on 'Location of Data and it's implication for Economic Development'. As a person at the booth I did not mind linking Garland to Vladimir and working out BIG DATA papers using a marker and seven (7) A4 papers as requested. I only realised that Big Data was the same workshop as the Diplo workshop when Mr. Garland asked me to pin the same papers on Room #11 door. Every one entering the room and passing-by asked me what BIG DATA meant and what workshop that was. I didn't know and I only asked them to find out what it meant by attending the workshop.
At 14:30hrs, Vlad opens up the floor of discussion to the house of almost no empty seat by introducing a group of high ranked panelists from Cisco, EOCD, Verizon, AT &T, Google, Nigeria to mention but a few.
Ambassador David Gross talked about how we can harness new technology, access and avail information to people at the same time ensuring security.
Mr. Bill Woodcock came in by differentiating 'Content' and 'eyeballs', introducing the Hot potato
routing and finally explaining his 'SPEED x DISTANCE = COST' principle that leads to localisation of data. Bill explained this principle with an illustration by the use of an example. If you want too high speed with good distance, the cost is gonna be high. If you want a low cost, either distance will be bad or speed will be a compromise. With this principle, the point of intersection for some one to benefit from all the parameters of the equation was localisation.
Robert Pepper, talked about the cloud index using a power point presentation that gave the history of Internet utilisation since inception. Not forgetting this presentation predicted the future of cloud services as well as showing that as of now, the cloud services have been able to develop over 1.2ZB since inception of Internet.
Ko Fujii discussed Conditions to determining location of a data centre, which included but not limited to availability of skilled workers, national regulation - - either supporting and prohibitive, availability of green power since Google minded about the environment, climate as data centres produced a lot of heat and cost of setting up the data centre.
Sam Paltridge discussed the cost perspective of setting up a data in particular, taxing termination with examples of countries that have implemented it with it's effects to cloud services and income from the same.
Jacquelyn Ruff from Verizon discussed public policy of some of the emerging economies and their effects to the cloud services. She closed her discussion with a question of how we can balance both the Goals of privacy and security.
Big data workshop finally closed with more eyes pointing to public policy formulation as a solution to the limitation of localisation and cloud services.
The moderator asked to close the most involving workshop with complaints from the participants asking for more time, which couldn't be availed as people had to move on to the other workshops.
Otherwise, BIG DATA ended up being the most attended and most involving workshop of the day, and God knows it might end up being one of the IGF.