Who Makes Data Big?

4 November 2015, 12:00 - 14:00

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Paolo Gerbaudo (Digital Society Lab, KCL)
Mark Coté (Digital Culture and Society, KCL)
Anne Alexander (Digital Humanities Network, Cambridge)

Respondent:
John Naughton (CRASSH, Cambridge)

 

This workshop will analyse the contemporary political economy of big data production and analysis through a series of provocation papers examining the implications of existence of data monopolies for ethical agency. It will ask where does a ‘monopoly’ lie in data? Is it in the aggregation of data, or in the processing, or in the analysis? Does it matter that a handful of giant corporations dominate markets in social media, search, online mapping and a wide range of the digital services which play a central role in the production of big data? What is the relationship between states and corporations in the production and analysis of big data? Whose ethical decision-making matters the most in this complex landscape: consumers, elected and non-elected government officials, judges, corporate executives or software developers?

 

 

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Anne Alexander

Open to all.  No registration required
Part of the Ethics of Big Data Research Group, series

Administrative assistance: gradfac@crassh.cam.ac.uk