The big dangers of ‘big data’

“Big data” and “evidence-based policy” are the dominant ideas of our moment.

A May 2014 White House report put it this way: “Big data will become an historic driver of progress, helping our nation perpetuate the civic and economic dynamism that has long been its hallmark.” The White House report presents big data as an analytically powerful set of techniques. It says the social and economic value created by big data should be balanced against “privacy and other core values of fairness, equity and autonomy.”

Author: Konstantin Kakaes

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