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Issue No. 06 - June (2013 vol. 46)
ISSN: 0018-9162
pp: 46-53
Roger Clarke , Xamax Consultancy, Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales
Marcus R. Wigan , Oxford Systematics, Swinburne University, and the University of Melbourne
ABSTRACT
Businesses and governments exploit big data without regard for issues of legality, data quality, disparate data meanings, and process quality. This often results in poor decisions, with individuals bearing the greatest risk. The threats harbored by big data extend far beyond the individual, however, and call for new legal structures, business processes, and concepts such as a Private Data Commons. The Web extra at http://youtu.be/TvXoQhrrGzg is a video in which author Marcus Wigan expands on his article "Big Data's Big Unintended Consequences" and discusses how businesses and governments exploit big data without regard for issues of legality, data quality, disparate data meanings, and process quality. This often results in poor decisions, with individuals bearing the greatest risk. The threats harbored by big data extend far beyond the individual, however, and call for new legal structures, business processes, and concepts such as a Private Data Commons.
INDEX TERMS
Information management, Data handling, Data storage systems, Government policies, Databases, Business, Legal aspects, Data privacy, private data commons, policy, privacy, data, social impact, big data
CITATION
Roger Clarke, Marcus R. Wigan, "Big Data's Big Unintended Consequences", Computer, vol. 46, no. , pp. 46-53, June 2013, doi:10.1109/MC.2013.195
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