Chapter 4

Navigating ethics in the big data democracy


This chapter explores many new and emerging questions that we are only just beginning to consider regarding, how we can (or should) approach navigating ethics in the big data democracy, including with data visualization as a tool for communicating information.


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“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”

—Potter Stewart

4.1. Introduction

This chapter begins, ironically as ethics could (and does, often) easily provide enough fodder for a book on its own, with one of the simplest introductions in this book.
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