Chapter 14

Social media and Big Data

Alessandro Mantelero; Giuseppe Vaciago


Social media create a peculiar technological landscape in which the predictive ability that distinguishes Big Data has relevant impact in terms of implementation of social surveillance systems. Moreover, the modern social surveillance is no longer realized only by intelligence apparatus, but it is the result of the interplay between private and public sectors, based on a collaborative model made possible by mandatory disclosure orders issued by courts or administrative bodies and extended to an undefined pool of collaborations from big companies.

The aim of the authors is to suggest possible legal and policy solutions to boost a more democratic access to information ...

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