Category Archives: Social Impact

The Ethics of Big Data (Infographic)

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Big Data Is Neither An Atomic Bomb Nor A Holy Grail

Albert-László Barabási, a physicist and well-known expert in network analysis, published last week an op-ed calling for his fellow scientists to spearhead “the ethical use of big data.” Barabási accuses the NSA of breaking “the traditional model governing the bond between science … Continue reading

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Big Data Observations: The Datasexual

“The datasexual looks a lot like you and me, but what’s different is their preoccupation with personal data. They are relentlessly digital, they obsessively record everything about their personal lives, and they think that data is sexy. In fact, the bigger … Continue reading

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From the Great Minds Think Alike Files: On Big Data Effectiveness

“More data does not necessarily mean better information… Of course, we need organizations like the CIA, the NSA, the NRO and all the rest. Intelligence is a vital component of national security, and can be invaluable in both wartime and peacetime. … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Big Data, At CERN and Everywhere Else (Animation)

Lesson by Tim Smith, animation by TED-Ed. “But if big data has been around for so long, why do we suddenly keep hearing about it now? Well, as the old metaphor explains, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and it … Continue reading

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Leon Wieseltier and Steven Pinker Debate the Quantified Society

“We are becoming a massified, datafied, quantified society, which looks for wisdom in numbers and thinks that numbers can provide certainty… owing to the explosion of so-called big data there has developed excessive confidence in the ability of the quantified … Continue reading

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6 Myths of Big Data: Kate Crawford on Data Fundamentalism (Video)

Kate Crawford at DataEDGE 2013: “Data is something we have to imagine”   6 myths of big data Big data is new Big data is objective Big data won’t discriminate Big data makes cities smart Big data is anonymous You … Continue reading

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