This event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It is free and open to all.
This panel, coordinated by the CRASSH Ethics of Big Data Research Group, raises questions about the costs – often hidden – of the big data society in which we live. Topics covered include the material political economy of the devices through which big data are collected, such as the labour conditions in the Chinese factories where iPhone parts are made (drawn from Jenny Chan’s Dying for an iPhone project). It considers the environmental consequences of cloud computing and e-waste. It also examines the ubiquitisation of surveillance through Evan Light’s interactive Snowden Suitcase, which both showcases the Snowden archive and highlights how vulnerable each of us are to surveillance. This engaging session will encourage critical questions about our society’s increasing entanglement with big data.