[NetBehaviour] Big Data Capabilities and Citizen Glitching.
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Mon Nov 19 13:35:34 CET 2012
Big Data Capabilities and Citizen Glitching.
By Dan McQuillan.
Big data has followed the web out of the accelerator tunnels. When I was
a particle physicist in the late 1980's the data flowing out of
detectors was nothing like the 1 GB/s produced by the Large Hadron
Collider, while self-generated personal data now flows into Facebook
data centres at a similar rate. And on this journey out of the
superconducting dark, big data has (like software) acquired a dimension
These days the big open data movement slurries through the streets like
a mudslide, swirling repetitions of hopeful intention seeping over the
sandbags of criticality. Big open data will bring transparency,
accountability and democracy, and will sweep in to line rigid
institutions and govermental structures.
Perhaps the institutions of power have not been hypnotised by open data.
Perhaps they are happy to ride the wave for political advantage. In the
UK, government open data could be a vital lubricant for civic
outsourcing; part of a privatisation API that slots the Sercos and G4S's
neatly in to place. Selling off non-anonymised data from the UK's
National Pupil Database is only the start[.
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