Despite enormous optimism about the scope and variety of big data’s potential applications, many remain concerned about its widespread adoption, with some scholars suggesting it could generate as many harms as benefits. Most notably are the concerns about the inevitable threats to privacy associated with the generation, collection and use of large quantities of data. Concerns have also been raised regarding, for example, the lack of transparency around the design of algorithms used to process the data, over-reliance on big data analytics as opposed to traditional forms of analysis and the creation of new digital divides. This survey draws upon a range of literature including news articles, academic articles, and presentations and seeks to disaggregate the potential benefits and harms of big data, organising them into several broad categories that reflect the existing scholarly literature. This report was authored by me, Vanya Rakesh, Vidushi Marda and Geethanjali Jujjavarapu. It was edited by Sunil Abraham, Elonnai Hickok and Leilah Elmokadem, and originally published on the Internet Governance blog of the Centre for Internet and Society’s website.
Big data has been ascribed a number of definitions and characteristics. Any study of big data must begin with first conceptualizing defining what big data is. Over the past few years, this term has been become a buzzword, used to refer to any number of characteristics of a dataset ranging from size to rate of accumulation to the technology in use. This post reviews the different kinds of definitions of big data.
These case studies were intended to be an exploratory study to understand the potential opportunities and harms of big data as well to identify best practices and relevant policy recommendations. Each case study has been chosen based on the use of big data in the area and the opportunity that is present for policy recommendation and reform. These case studies were originally published on the Internet Governance blog of the Centre for Internet and Society’s website. These case studies were originally published on the Internet Governance blog of the Centre for Internet and Society’s website.