BIG Data — October 25, 2016

BIG Data

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.

Continue reading — September 28, 2016
Howard Rheingold on The Well — September 20, 2016
Information and Communication Rights & More on WCIT —

Information and Communication Rights & More on WCIT

United Nations General Assembly. (2011, May 16). Human Rights Council, Seventeenth Session. Agenda item 3 : Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue*

Leslie Regan Shade, Situating Communication Rights Historically in Seeking Convergence in Policy and Practice: Communications In the Public Interest Vol. 2:, ed. Moll and Shade. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2004.


ITU site

Gigi Sohn. (2012, June 4). Civil Society is Key to the Debate on International Control Over the Internet. Public Knowledge.

Oliver Moore. (2012, December 5).Debate over Internet regulation’s future rages at Dubai meeting, Globe and Mail.

Jordan Press. (2012, November 29). Canada Opposes Governments Having Broad Control Over Internet, Documents Show. Postmedia News.

Protect Global Internet Freedom

from Fight for the Future




Early History of Computers —
Ted Nelson and Computer Lib —
From Counterculture to Cyberculture —
MCI Anthen —
Cisco’s Ads —
Nortel (rip): What Do You Want the Internet to Be? —