big data

SpaceX Falcon launch

The SpaceX mission and why it worries me

Column
Jan Blommaert
03/06/2020
4 minutes to read

Elon Musk's SpaceX operates in a field of power previously reserved for state institutions under public control. Is this a good or a bad thing? 

Dr. Inge van de Ven

Inge van de Ven on big books in times of 'Big Data'

Video
The Editors
04/05/2020

In her book, Big Books in Times of Big Data, Dr. Inge van de Ven from Tilburg University explores the ways in which "the digital" has influenced, and will continue to influence, the novel as a genre.

surveillance capitalism, capitalism, google, facebook

The age of surveillance capitalism ( Shoshana Zuboff)

Review
Ico Maly
13/02/2019
12 minutes to read

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff deserves a productive public and academic debate. It should not only be read and discussed by a broad audience. Scholars across disciplines must engage with it. 

Big data

Big data & surveillance

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We live in a world of big data. We enjoy it everyday, when we Google for something, when we use social media or when we navigate using the app on our smartphone. But big data also come with disciplining practices, control and surveillance.

GDPR

We're all data subjects now: the citizen in the European GDPR

Column
Jan Blommaert
22/01/2019
7 minutes to read

The new European GDPR generalizes the notion of the "data subject". But what exactly is the data subject? And how does it fit into a regulation which is fundamentally about the trading of Big Data?

Google and Big Data: Are we heading towards a dystopian reality?

Article
Lennart Driessen
16/04/2018
2 minutes to read

The services that are provided by data-giant Google are becoming more and more a normal part of daily life. But are we truly aware of the implications this has on our privacy? How much information does Google actually have on you? 

Is Big Data making the world better?

Paper
Daria Kholod
02/03/2018
7 minutes to read

Big Data will affect our relationships, leisure time activities, career choices and shopping habits.