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Great post, I really enjoyed reading this- I love all things Netflix, and am a huge fan!
I have some concerns regarding their growth trajectory and how it might affect the neutrality/fairness of their big data use and delivery to customers. A huge part of Netflix’s business model comes from other content providers that are trying their very best to upsell their own content streaming platforms, and as Netflix expands in terms of both geographies and inventory, and becomes more popular, content deals are becoming more and more expensive. I wonder how the need to pacify and maintain relationships with large scale media providers might influence the way Netflix uses/or does not use its data to influence viewership. What’s your take on this?

On November 20, 2016, DRajan commented on The New York Times in the digitalization era :

Great post Jesu! As a Journalism and Mass Media undergrad, the transformation process of NYT is something that I have been very invested in, and have followed closely. I look forward to seeing how they bridge two main gaps: optimising returns from different mediums and platforms and how they will convert the 40% of their audience which consists of younger readers into actual subscribers.

On November 20, 2016, DRajan commented on “ZapZap”: How WhatsApp transformed communications in Brazil :

Such an interesting read Marcelo! As usual there are a large number of parallels between Brazil and India- Facebook and Google compete the most for daily active users (DAU) in India, and while three of the top five used apps as measured by DAU are by Google (YouTube, Google, and Gmail), followed by Facebook, but WhatsApp follows right behind.
I’m really curious to see the impact competitors will have on WhatsApp in these peculiar economies in South America, South Asia and Africa. WeChat, in particular, by Chinese giant TenCent seems to be poised participate in a fight for superiority, especially since it solves the unique problems that are inherent to these regions by striving to be everything at once: a platform for chatting, e-commerce, gaming, and banking.
What’s your take on this?

On November 20, 2016, DRajan commented on iPod to iRobot: How Our Loyal Devices Are Turning Against Us :

Hey Will, as someone who’s been following the evolution of Jigsaw very closely for a while now, this post was really awesome!
One thing I wonder about, is the impact of the constant pervasive question that most ask of Google- what it does with user data and the slightly more mainstream “does Google keep tabs on what I’m searching for?” This is a question that the founders have answered over and over again and I wonder about the kind of impact this might have on Jigsaw’s initiatives in terms of trust-building and data sharing concerns, and how willing institutions might be to partner with them in the light of the same.

Clemens, this was such an interesting read!
I’m quite excited by the prospect that this innovation will help achieve the efficiencies of scale in data mining that will allow police departments to search for, find and use critical information which is most likely to improve decision making and officer safety, and of course, faster case resolution.

My only concerns are with respect to two things that are quite idiosyncratic to the world of police departments- for example it appears that across geographies, the day to day needs and demands of law enforcement are very different from one another- the needs of a Police Chief in the midwest would be very different from say, major cities on the East or West coast.
I also worry about the traditional nature of police officials- who prefer ‘old school’ file keeping and crime-solving methodologies, and if there will be a “fear of technology” as this initiative is set to scale across the larger US. I wonder if these factors would contribute to increase complications in the adoption of such analytics by US law agencies.

Either way, this was super-cool- so thanks a lot!

On November 7, 2016, DRajan commented on Cashmere Catastrophe :

Thank you so much for sharing, this was really interesting, considering I hadn’t really even begun to think about how climate change might be impacting the luxury goods industry! I’m curious though- how is Kering, along with the Wildlife Conservation Society, incentivising these goat farmers in the South Gobi Region to work towards outcomes that they only derive a very minimal, trickled-down benefit from?

Will, this was a super interesting read, thank you for sharing! I’m both circumspect and optimistic about the FWS’ ability to reach hunters and fishermen- I worry that them pushing the climate change agenda to this target audience that is so resistant and skeptical might result in creating disillusionment and distrust and lead to fairly tenuous relationships between the two.
Do you have any suggestions for how best the FWS can communicate to hunters and fishermen that these conservation measures are in fact for protecting their birthright- healthy populations of fish and game?

On November 7, 2016, DRajan commented on Creepy Crawlies & Climate Change at the CDC :

This was a really great read Tatiana, thank you for sharing. Definitely one of the most unique and interesting ones out there, and a subject I hadn’t previously devoted any thought to!
If I’m not mistaken, the CDC’s Division of Vector­Borne Diseases (DVBD) has partnered with several international governments in Latin America and the Caribbean (for Zika and Chikungunya) to provide subject matter knowledge and technical support during outbreaks. Do you think it would make sense for the CDC to assist more actively at the mitigatory stage itself by intervening to improve general conditions, disease identification and treatment at the regional sources of these VectorBorne Diseases outside of the United States? Perhaps this would serve as a powerful preventative mechanism given the CDC’s funding and technological expertise?

On November 7, 2016, DRajan commented on How to help farmers in Uganda adapt to climate change? :

This was so interesting- I’m particularly amazed by the ingenuity of companies like Eco-Fuel Africa that are taking such regionally focused and relevant steps towards combating the problem in a way that is so locally effective.
I was curious to know whether you were aware of if there are any existing metrics at the moment that can help us measure the current adaptability of the Ugandan Farmer vis-a-vis the recommendations you suggested for the future. Additionally, how would you recommend they collaborate effectively to leverage the local government support you mentioned?

On November 7, 2016, DRajan commented on California Dreamin’: West Coast Wines in Peril? :

This was an amazing read, considering I’m one of those consumers that the price of an organic wine’s inputs are passed on to because that’s the variety I choose to buy as part of my role in following sustainable practices.
I do wonder about the push and pull between established vineyards and boutique vineyards- to change the fundamental wine growing philosophy, a significant monetary and time investment in change farming and sustainable activities is needed. Do you know if there are any benefits, subsidies or assistance that smaller vineyards looking to go green can get to incentivise themselves to make this change?