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ISG Research Seminar 21 January 2014

21/01/2014 (11:00-12:00)

Contact: Lorenzo Cavallaro


Speaker: Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (University of Oxford, UK)

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford. He has published eight books, as well as over a hundred articles (including in Science) and book chapters. His most recent book is the best-seller “Big Data” (with Kenneth Cukier) and before that the awards-winning "Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age". A native Austrian, Professor Mayer-Schönberger founded Ikarus Software in 1986, a company focusing on data security, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person-of-the-Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000. He is on the advisory boards of corporations and organizations around the world, including Microsoft.

Title: Big Data – and its Dark Side


In this talk I will first describe what Big Data is and offer a few use cases of big data analysis. I will then look at  big data’s dark side, beginning with the obvious surveillance quality, but extending it to the important issue of punishment by probabilistic propensity. I will explain a number of troubling cases, and detail mitigation strategies as well as their limits.


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