Gerhard  Brink

Gerhard Brink

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The Path to a Better Future is paved with Data

The Cambridge Analytica[i] scandal along with other data breaches[ii] have given the data extraction industry a negative reputation. That’s a hard reality to face, because (a) I lead a company that provides ethically-sourced proxies for public data extraction, and (b) I believe that web scraping can be a force for good.

I realise that some people will need to be convinced that this is true because positive stories don’t get nearly as many clicks as negative ones. But they do exist, and I hope to change some minds with this article.

There’s no going back: big data is here to stay
Web scraping helps pave the path to a better internet
Online marketplaces
“Watchdog” monitoring groups & journalists

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The Path to a Better Future is paved with Data