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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
28/05/2018
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. 

Should big data determine who gets pulled over?

Column
Paul Mutsaers
12/09/2017
4 minutes to read

Predictive policing  is often claimed to be a technical matter superior to traditional policing, with all its human flaws. I argue for a cultural approach to predictive policing, centered on the cultural shaping of police technologies.