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Without a critical approach to big data it risks becoming an increasingly sophisticated paradigm for coercion

Robertson, Hamish and Travaglia, Joanne (2017) Without a critical approach to big data it risks becoming an increasingly sophisticated paradigm for coercion. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (05 Jul 2017). Website.

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Abstract

We are in the midst of a data revolution, one reliant on the capture, analysis, and visual representation of enlarged quantitative data, in increasingly digital formats. Hamish Robertson and Joanne Travaglia argue that big data quantification is now not only a mechanism for extracting information but has become an idea with social and political power in its own right. The lack of critique of quantitative methods and their application contributes to the existing and potentially coercive power of digital information systems and their attendant methods, and enhances the potential for “collateral damage” associated with such applications.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author © CC BY 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2020 00:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83212

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