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)

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