This book highlights that the capacity for gathering, analysing, and utilising vast amounts of digital (user) data raises significant ethical issues. Annika Richterich provides a systematic contemporary overview of the field of critical data studies that reflects on practices of digital data collection and analysis. The book assesses in detail one big data research area: biomedical studies, focused on epidemiological surveillance. Specific case studies explore how big data have been used in academic work.
The Big Data Agenda concludes that the use of big data in research urgently needs to be considered from the vantage point of ethics and social justice. Drawing upon discourse ethics and critical data studies, Richterich argues that entanglements between big data research and technology / internet corporations have emerged. In consequence, more opportunities for discussing and negotiating emerging research practices and their implications for societal values are needed.
This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download The Big Data Agenda ebook for free in PDF format (7.9 MB).
Table of Contents
Examining (Big) Data Practices and Ethics
Big Data: Ethical Debates
Big Data in Biomedical Research
Big Data-Driven Health Surveillance
Emerging (Inter-)Dependencies and their Implications
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