In case you’re wondering why you would want to “de-Google” your phone, then watch this Al Jazeera documentary.

In mid-2020, a mobile phone belonging to an Al Jazeera Arabic investigative team was hacked. Over the next few months, reporter Tamer Almisshal and the Canadian research group Citizen Lab investigated Pegasus, the sophisticated spyware used.

Pegasus is manufactured by an Israeli technology company called the NSO Group and is among the most advanced spyware in the world. It can access and infiltrate a smartphone without the owner clicking a link, opening an email or even answering their phone – meaning it can go undetected.

This investigation exposes how Pegasus works, how governments like Saudi Arabia and the UAE have bought the hugely expensive spyware and how it has been used beyond the stated intentions of the NSO Group of “developing technology to prevent and investigate terror and crime” – including to target journalists.

Advancing Analytics takes a look at the recently released Azure Purview.

One of the major selling points of modern data catalogues is the ability to track data lineage – this is vital for both evaluating how trustworthy data is based on it’s source, but also performing impact analysis when working out what is consuming data downstream.

In this video, Simon takes a first look at the lineage detection inside the Azure Purview preview, associating a Data Factory asset and looking at what gets automatically tracked against some existing assets

For more info on Azure Purview’s Lineage features – see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/purview/concept-data-lineage