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What You Don’t Say About Data Can Still Hurt You

22nd Nov `13, 09:18 AM in Resources

Big data generates big myths. To help society set realistic expectations, the right kind of skepticism is needed….

BDMS
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Big data generates big myths. To help society set realistic expectations, the right kind of skepticism is needed.

Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and Visiting Professor at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, does a fantastic job of explaining why folks are too optimistic about the promise of what big data can offer. She rightly argues that too much faith in it inclines us to misunderstand what data reflects, overestimate the political efficacy of information, and become insensitive to civil rights concerns.

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