2015 saw an increased urgency in the ethics of big data, as the UN began to adopt civil society partnerships with big data organizations. But what, if anything, are we supposed to do with the data we acquire, interpret, and label big data? Big data puts us in the strange position of discovering states that may very well lead to policy—to action.
Louis Suarez-Potts examines big data ethics to explain best practices for putting to use the information gained by big data methodology. Focusing on big data’s relationship with social networks, Louis argues that big data must be understood as a powerful technology whose deployment is hardly without social and political significance and demonstrates that as practitioners, we find ourselves able to exercise rare influence, if only by ensuring that what is done in the name of big data is done accurately.
As community strategist at Age of Peers, Louis Suarez-Potts strategizes the formation of and manages productive commons-based peer networks (open source communities). Louis helps communities consolidate good work, good connections, and good intentions into a force held in common, producing something all can look at as “theirs.” Louis cut his teeth on OpenOffice.org. He has a PhD in English from UC Berkeley.
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