Asking the Right Questions: Big Data and Civil Rights
Alastair Croll has written a thought-provoking article, Big data is our generation’s civil rights issue, and we don’t know it. His basic argument is that the new economics of collecting and analyzing data has led to a change in how it is used. Once it was expensive to collect, so only data needed to answer particular questions was collected. Today it is cheap to collect, so it can be collected first and then analyzed – “we collect first and ask questions later”. This means that the questions asked can be very different from the questions the data seem to be about, and in many cases they can be problematic.
- Data Of the Masses, or For the Masses? Why Big Data Matters (article-3.com)
- Big data is our generation’s civil rights issue, and we don’t know it (radar.oreilly.com)
- A Sixth Thing CIOs Should Know About Big Data (cloudcomputing.sys-con.com)
- Who Is Paying For Big Data Projects? (informationweek.com)
- What Do CIOs Need to Know About Big Data? (cochituatemedia.com)
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