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. http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/03/big-data/
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:
BIG DATA IN THE MEDIA 2011-12-13
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.