August 16, 2012

Big data analytics

Human rightsAsking the right questions: big data and civil rights - I blog about big data and civil rights. Big, messy issue with no obvious stable answers.

The most interesting issue in my opinion is the impossibility of predicting what data or questions will produce problematic answers. As OKTrends discovered, using "England" in your profile text tells something about what kind of sex you like (if you are a woman).

Weak data ownership means we will get nasty surprises of where our data ends up and how it is used. Strong data ownership/control puts the cost on data users and gives an advantage to powerful data user groups while reducing the many positive applications of big data. Reciprocity is hard to maintain. Maybe transparency is just the evolutionary stable strategy: not optimal from many perspectives, but a strong attractor.

Posted by Anders3 at August 16, 2012 09:18 PM