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Case studies in data ethics

Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting)

While ethicists have wondered about the impact of technology for centuries, data science is a whole new field—because data is people, and the decisions we make can have tremendous unintended consequences.

From predictive algorithms, to markets that fight back, to the legal and moral questions of automation, Strata chair and Lean Analytics author Alistair Croll looks at examples of ethical issues from across a wide range of case studies in the private and public sector, inspired by his role as a Visiting Executive at Harvard Business School.

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Alistair Croll

Solve For Interesting

Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata Data Conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics. Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.