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The Big Data Agenda: Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies
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  • Title: The Big Data Agenda: Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies
  • Author(s) Annika Richterich
  • Publisher: University of Westminster Press (April 13, 2018); eBook (Creative Commons Licensed)
  • License(s): CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
  • Hardcover/Paperback: 156 pages
  • eBook: PDF (156 pages) and PDF Files
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10/ASIN: 1911534726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911534723
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Book Description

This book highlights that the capacity for gathering, analysing, and utilising vast amounts of digital (user) data raises significant ethical issues. It 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.

It 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, the author 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.

About the Authors
  • Dr. Annika Richterich is Assistant Professor in Digital Culture, Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
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