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[ecrea] Gratis ebook: The Big Data Agenda – Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies

Wed Apr 18 18:57:10 GMT 2018

*Gratis ebook: The Big Data Agenda – Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies*

The Big Data Agenda: Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies by Annika Richterich has been published by University of Westminster Press.

The book is part of the Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies series which we here at WIAS collaborate with UWP on.

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.

An electronic version of this book is freely available, thanks to the support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched. KU is a collaborative initiative designed to makehigh qualitybooks Open Access for the public good. More information about the initiative and details about KU's Open Access programme can be found <>.


 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

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