I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a bewildering confluence of privacy law, espionage, cyber warfare, corporate data mining, cross boarder storage and flows of digital information.
Those who control the data are private ...more