Ethics of Big Data [2015-17]

Alternate Mondays, 14:00–16:00 during term-time

Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building


About

The Ethics of a Data-Driven Society (2016-17)

In 2015-16 the Ethics of Big Data Faculty Research Group held a number of seminars and workshops addressing the ethics and politics of 'doing' big data, with an emphasis on the practice of big data research and technology, and the ethical issues raised in the course of the research. In 2016-17 we will address wider questions of The Ethics of a Data Driven Society.

 
Themes:

Big Data and the Future of Work 

In Michaelmas Term (2016) we will explore how Big Data is reshaping the worlds of work, production and employment. We will analyse whether the promise of 'on-demand' production and automated logistics drives the agenda for the 'big data' economy; explore the expanding role of the algorithms in task allocation and performance management for the quantified workplace as well as the impact of device proliferation, ubiquitous connectivity and the rise of social media on surveillance and profiling of employees.
 

Big Data, Materiality and the Environment

Lent Term. Data is commonly conceived as intangible and ubiquitous, driving decisions through a series of bits, codes and mathematical algorithms. At the same time, it is both material and localised, composed of structures, buildings, devices and people. In Lent term we explore the material aspects of data and how these feed into the discussions of 'ethics' in a data driven world.

Our invited speakers, drawn from disciplines that range from materials science and computer science to sociology, anthropology and art, will address issues including the energy demand of data infrastructures, initiatives to bring the material nature of electronic devices to wider attention through the creation of jewellery, and the localised impact of the data centre industry through an ethnographic case study in Sweden.


Big Data and Knowledge

Finally, in Easter Term we will explore the impact of data driven narratives on concepts of knowledge and on the organisation of knowledge production. Issues here include the impact on scientific research of a drive towards open publication of data, the limits of a quantitative view of the world (and the politics of its current primacy in 'big data' narratives over a qualitative one), and the range of views around the importance of data literacy.

 

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

Convenors

Convenors

Dr Anne Alexander (Cambridge Digital Humanities Network)
Dr Clare Dyer-Smith (Cambridge Big Data Strategic Research Initiative)
Dr Ella McPherson (Department of Sociology)
Dr Richard Milne (Institute of Public Health/PHG Foundation)
Dr Julia Powles (Faculty of Law/Computer Laboratory)
Dr Jatinder Singh (Computing Laboratory)


Previous Convenors

Dr Nicole Janz (Social Sciences Research Methods Centre)


Faculty Advisors (2015-16)

Professor Anna Vignoles (Faculty of Education)
Professor Alan Blackwell (Computer Science and Technology)
Dr Sharath Srinivasan (Political Science and International Studies)

Programme 2016-17

 

Ethics of Big Data
Surveillance and Employment Relations in a Data-Saturated Society
17 October 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

David Renton (Garden Court Chambers) -at Ethics of Big Data [Online registration]

Managed by an Algorithm? The rise of 'on-demand working' and the 'Gig Economy'
31 October 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Ala'a Shehabi (The Work Foundation), V De Stefano (ILO)- at Ethics of Big Data [Online registration]

The Quantified Self at Work
14 November 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Phoebe Moore (Middlesex) -at Ethics of Big Data [Online registration]

Workshop/The Ethics of Machine Learning in Professional Practice
28 November 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Workshop by application - at Ethics of Big Data

Locating the Cloud in Sweden‘s North
30 January 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Asta Vonderau (Stockholm) -at Ethics of Big Data

The Growth of Internet Services and Energy Demand – Is There a Limit?
13 February 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Mike Hazas (Lancaster)-at Ethics of Big Data

What's in my stuff?
27 February 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Maria Hanson, Karen Vernon-Parry (Sheffield Hallam University) -at Ethics of Big Data

The Challenges of Transparency in the Digital Age
23 March 2017, Room S1, 1st floor, Alison Richard Building

Joint Workshop. Ethics of Big Data and Pol & Paradoxes of Transparency. Limited places. Online Registration required.

Reproducibility Challenges in Empirical Social Science: Balancing Ethics and Transparency
08 May 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Nicole Janz (Nottingham) at Ethics of Big Data

The Epistemology of Digital Platforms
22 May 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Jean-Christophe Plantin (LSE) at Ethics of Big Data

Data Stories and Data Citizenships
05 June 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths) at Ethics of Big Data (Online Registration)

Past Events

 

Ethics of Big Data
What is Big Data?
07 October 2015, Microsoft Reseach on Station Road

Alison Powell (LSE), Alex Taylor (Microsoft Research) Walk and discussion- Ethics of Big Data

Inside Snowden's Suitcase
21 October 2015, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Evan Light (Concordia University)- Ethics of Big Data

Who Makes Data Big?
04 November 2015, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Mark Coté (KCL), Paolo Gerbaudo (KCL), Anne Alexander and John Naughton (Cambridge) - Ethics of Big Data

Why does Ethics Matter to Big Data?
18 November 2015, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Aidan White (Ethical Journalism Network) Brent Mittelstadt (Oxford Internet Institute), Lorna Woods (Essex) -Ethics of Big Data

Health and Policy Research in Africa
13 January 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Claudia Abreu Lopez (Africa's Voices Foundation)- Ethics of Big Data
 

Patient Record Linkage in Hospitals
27 January 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Lydia Drumright (Cambridge)-Ethics of Big Data

Administrative Data
10 February 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Anna Vignoles (Cambridge), Andrew Boyd (ALSPAC) -Ethics of Big Data
 

Social Media Research
24 February 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Dhiraj Murthy (Goldsmiths)-Ethics of Big Data
 

Public Panel: Mock Ethics Review
09 March 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Public panel discussion-Ethics of Big Data

Ethics of Big Data Workshop
10 June 2016, Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building.

Jake Metcalf (Data & Society Institute), Bendert Zevenbergen  (Oxford Internet Institute), Madeleine Greenhalgh  (Cabinet Office), Julia Powles  (Cambridge)-Ethics of Big Data