How do the smartest data scientists in the world identify and utilise authentic insights from big data and social computing? What value do those insights bring for business decision making, public policy development? And what are the personal implications for us as individuals within a social data driven society? Key ethical issues surrounding contemporary innovations in ‘big data’ include privacy, consent, confidentiality, potential discrimination, ownership, commercialisation, intellectual property rights, fair benefit sharing, potential conflict of interest matters as well as equity, reciprocity and the need to respect cultural diversity.
Dr Andrew Crowden and Professor Xue Li will debate these questions, and outline the opportunities and challenges relating to individual and societal aspects and implications of big data harnessed through social media.