Texas Democratic Candidate Says Big Data Could Be The Death Of Democracy

Mike Collier is the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas and former partner at one of the world’s largest accounting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Collier has some strong feelings about big data’s impact on government’s ability to function.

“There’s an intersection between big data and the death of democracy that our founders could never have guessed,” says Collier. “That big data and computing horsepower could ruin democracy, but that’s precisely what’s happening.” Collier is referring to gerrymandering–the mapping of political districts that favor one party over another. Specifically, Collier is referring to a much-rebuked byproduct of gerrymandering–extremism.

Author: Andréa Morris

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