Who Owns the Data You Grow?

On February 20, we reported on sensors that are revolutionizing farming. But who will own the data that farmers produce? Who owns yours? It is a question that preoccupies open source advocates, big business and policy makers. A White House task force concluded, “technology alone cannot protect privacy absent strong social norms and a responsive policy and legal framework.”

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Sensors Help Drought-Stricken California Farmers

Just as REON sensors developed by Beacon Institute at Clarkson University are monitoring the Hudson, Mohawk and St. Lawrence, TechCrunch reports that innovations developed at UC Davis have made possible a new generation of affordable sensors that can monitor water use, evaporation and demand in farmers’ fields. The California drought has made water management a top concern for the state’s agriculture industry.

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