Critical. Digital and Social Media Studies

The Big Data Agenda: Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies

by Annika Richterich (2018)

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This new book highlights that the capacity for gathering, analysing, and utilising vast amounts of digital (user) data raises significant ethical issues. Annika Richterich provides a systematic contemporary overview of the field of critical data studies thatreflectson practices of digital data collection and analysis. The book assesses in detail one big data research area: biomedicalstudies,focused on epidemiological surveillance. Specific case studies explore how big data have been used in academic work.
The Big Data Agenda concludes that the use of big data in research urgently needs to be considered from the vantage point of ethics and social justice. Drawing upon discourse ethics and critical data studies, Richterich argues that entanglements between big data research and technology/ internet corporations have emerged. In consequence, more opportunities for discussing and negotiating emerging research practices and their implications for societal values are needed.
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Predictive Analytics, Discourse Ethics, Digital Humanities, Public Health, Biomedical Sciences, big data.

1. Introduction
2. Examining (Big) Data Practices and Ethics
3. Big Data: Ethical Debates
4. Big Data in Biomedical Research
5. Big Data-Driven Health Surveillance
6. Emerging (Inter-)Dependencies and their Implications.

Dr Annika Richterich is Assistant Professor in Digital Culture, Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Richterich, Annika
The Big Data Agenda: Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies.
London: University of Westminster Press, 2018, vi, 154 p.
(Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies.).
ISBN 9781911534723 (hb., GBP 46,00)
ISBN 9781911534976 (pb., GBP 18,99)
ISBN 9781911534747 (epub)
ISBN 9781911534754 (mobi)
ISBN 9781911534730 (pdf)
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