Societal Issues


Big Data, even Big Data used in science, is a social endeavor. The future directions of Big Data will be strongly influenced by social, political, and economic forces. Will a culture of data sharing prevail? Will data managers collect, organize, and archive their data in a manner that promotes data integration? Will data analysts use Big Data to improve our lives?

Or shall Big Data create a dystopian world? Will governments use the power of the Internet to rewrite history, control public perceptions, and shape the future? These questions will be discussed in this final chapter.


Open access; Open source; Data sharing; Data protection; Benefits; Long-term efforts; Costs; Infrastructure; Overconfidence

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