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Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:31:21 +0100
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*Gratis ebook: The Big Data Agenda – Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies*

The Big Data Agenda: Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies by Annika
Richterich has been published by University of Westminster Press.

The book is part of the Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies series
which we here at WIAS collaborate with UWP on.

This new book highlights that the capacity for gathering, analysing, and
utilising vast amounts of digital (user) data raises significant ethical
issues. Annika Richterich provides a systematic contemporary overview of
the field of critical data studies that reflects on practices of digital
data collection and analysis. The book assesses in detail one big data
research area: biomedical studies, focused on epidemiological surveillance.
Specific case studies explore how big data have been used in academic work.

The Big Data Agenda concludes that the use of big data in research urgently
needs to be considered from the vantage point of ethics and social justice.
Drawing upon discourse ethics and critical data studies, Richterich argues
that entanglements between big data research and technology/ internet
corporations have emerged. In consequence, more opportunities for
discussing and negotiating emerging research practices and their
implications for societal values are needed.

An electronic version of this book is freely available, thanks to the
support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched. KU is a
collaborative initiative designed to make high quality books Open Access
for the public good. More information about the initiative and details
about KU's Open Access programme can be found at


   1. Introduction
   2. Examining (Big) Data Practices and Ethics
   3. Big Data: Ethical Debates
   4. Big Data in Biomedical Research
   5. Big Data-Driven Health Surveillance
   6. Emerging (Inter-)Dependencies and their Implications

Best wishes,
Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS)

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