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The Potential Chilling Effects of Big Data

Last week I posted about “Big Data” and how it is being used to discover new facts about people, to sift and sort them based on subtle patterns, to flag them as “risks” in this field or that, to predict their behavior, and to manipulate them for maximum profit. Of course, humans are not sheep, and we don’t sit still when things like this happen to us. We perceive what is happening, and we change our behavior in response.
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Big Data: Revolution or Overhyped Fad?

Issues & Causes / Human Rights : Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the ACLU (3 years ago)

In a prior post I alluded to the fact that the buzzword “Big Data” is just a new term for “data mining.” The potential for big data analytics to discover new things about us is frightening from a privacy perspective, as I discussed.... Read Post

Bing Starts Using Search Data To Predict TV Talent Show Votes

Technology : TechCrunch (8 months ago)

Google's attempts to model flu trends based on people's search behavior has come under fire lately, but our search behavior can undoubtedly be used to predict lots of other things. Starting today, Bing will use its search data to ad... Read Post

In A Big Data World, Marketers Know Shockingly Little About Us

Technology : ReadWriteWeb (last year)

Big Data is a big deal for businesses, given the potential for marketing departments to discover our innermost thoughts and buying behaviors, and thereby tailor pitches to us. At least, that's the dream. For now, at least based on t... Read Post


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