Big data — huge data sets that are often made publicly available to anyone who wants to analyze it — are supposed to be anonymous. The idea is to leave out key pieces of information about the people involved, such as name or home address, and leave only the larger trends
Here’s something that merits a lot of reddit gold.
On Thursday, reddit published its first-ever transparency report covering all of 2014. It’s a summary of all the legal requests to take down content from the site as well as all government attempts to access reddit’s user data.
Lots of companies publish transparency reports, but not all of them do a good job. We took some time to look at exactly what reddit’s report included and found a whole bunch of stuff that impressed us. Here’s an overview of why you might be equally thrilled with the report.