Monday, July 22, 2013

Six myths of big-data

Kate Crawford is talking about the six myths of big-data at the DataEDGE2013 conference at Berkeley. Kate Crawford is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, a visiting professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, and a senior fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU. Over the last ten years she has researched the social, political, and cultural contexts of networked technologies. Her current work focuses on a range of data practices, from the ethics of big data, crisis informatics, networked journalism, and the everyday uses of mobile and social media. She has conducted large and small-scale ethnographic studies in Australia, India, and the US.

According to Kate Crawford the myths are:
  • Big data is new
  • Big data is objective
  • Big data won’t discriminate
  • Big data makes cities smart
  • Big data is anonymous
  • You can opt out
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