World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group. (February 2013). Unlocking the Value of Personal Data: From Collection to Usage.

Our world is changing. It is complex, hyperconnected, and increasingly driven by insights derived from big data. And the rate of change shows no sign of slowing. Nor does the volume of data show any sign of shrinking. But, the economic and social value of big data does not come just from its quantity. It also comes from its quality – the ways in which individual bits of data can be interconnected to reveal new insights with the potential to transform business and society. Fully tapping that potential holds much promise, and much risk. By themselves, technology and data are neutral. It is their use that can both generate great value and create significant harm, sometimes simultaneously. This requires a rethink of traditional approaches to data governance, particularly a shift from focusing away from trying to control the data itself to focusing on the uses of data. It is up to the individuals and institutions of various societies to govern and decide how to unlock the value – both economic and social – and ensure suitable protections.
–from Executive Summary

Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier

Robert McMillan. (2013, March 4). The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order. Wired.

Interview with  Victor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier about their recent book, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think.

New America Foundation, Open Technology Institute, March 7, 2013, launch:


Political economy of big data

April 11, 2013.
Claire Cain Miller. Data Science: The Number of Our Lives. NYT.

April 7, 2013.
Steve Lohr. The Potential and Risks of Data Science. NYT.

April 3, 2013.
Quentin Hardy. Why Big Data is IBM’s Friend. NYT.

March 27, 2013.
Quentin Hardy. Designing Big Data That Works. NYT.

March 20, 2013.
John Markoff. A Big Data Freeway for Scientists. NYT.

September 13, 2013.
Steve Lohr. Big data gets its own photo album. The New York Times.

May 2011.
McKinsey Global Institute. Big data: The next frontier for innovation competition, and productivity.

February 11, 2012.
Steve Lohr. The age of big data. NYT.

June 4, 2012.
Quentin Hardy. Big data gets real. NYT.

Wall Street Journal – Venture Capital Dispatch Big Data success stories

October 24, 2011
Quentin Hardy. The big business of big data. NYT.

Social uses of big data

April 25, 2013.
Nick Bilton. Looking at Facebook’s Fiend and Relationship Status Through Big Data. NYT.

April 20, 2013.
Steve Lohr. Big Data, Trying to Build Better Workers. NYT. [re work-force science]

April 27, 2013.
Matt Richtel.  How Big Data is Playing Recruiter for Specialized Workers. NYT.

Rick Smolan, the Human Face of Big Data- quantified self movement –

And portrait of creator Norman Nie in Forbes Magazine (May 24, 2010) by Quentin Harrdy:

October 31, 2012.
Steve Lohr. Big data, speed and the future of computing. NYT.

October 3, 2012.
Steve Lohr. A big data road map for government. NYT.

TechAmerica Foundation — Big Data Commission

July 18, 2012
Marc Parry. Big data on campus. NYT.

Commercial implications of big data

October 29, 2012
Quentin Hardy. Microsoft seeks an edge in analyzing big data. NYT.

September 7, 2012
Quentin Hardy. Big data in your blood. NYT.

IBM on Big Data:
YouTube Channel:


EMC Corporation:

From Explaining Computers, Explaining Big Data:

October 24, 2012.
Quentin Hardy. Big data in more hands. NYT.

The Economist on What is big data?

Privacy Issues of Big Data

March 23, 2013.
Steve Lohr.  Big Data and a Renewed Debate over Privacy. NYT.

June 4, 2012.
Quentin Hardy. Rethinking privacy in an era of big data. NYT

October 10, 2011.
John Markoff. Government aims to build a ‘data eye in the sky’. NYT.