Big Data: Who's in Control? - Timandra Harkness

Tue 10/01/17 5:30 pm

A free public talk by Timandra Harkness at The University of Winchester.

From science to smart cities, from business to politics, and from self-quantification to the Internet of Things, Big Data is held up as a force for change. But where is Big Data taking us? Privacy, democracy, even our ideas of who we are, could be transformed, with the machines seemingly in the driving seat.  Using real-world data stories – such as the Oakland privacy activists who resisted the city’s plans for Big Data Brother–Timandraconsiders the technical, social and political challenges raised by Big Data.  Looking beyond the technology's huge potential, she asks whether Big Data’s increasing use signals a crisis of trust in human decision-making.

TimandraHarkness is a writer, comedian and broadcaster, and author of Big Data: Does Size Matter? published by Bloomsbury.  Timandra is a Visiting Fellow in Big Data, Information Rights and Public Engagement at the University of Winchester.