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Industry experts discuss the social and ethical ramifications of big data technology, surveillance, AI, and privacy law.

Big Data, Big Issues Sheldon Kreger

    • Technology

Industry experts discuss the social and ethical ramifications of big data technology, surveillance, AI, and privacy law.

    Coronavirus, Surveillance, and Big Data (COVID-19)

    Coronavirus, Surveillance, and Big Data (COVID-19)

    Pandemics force us to grapple with many difficult ethical questions. As professionals in the big data and software industries, we need to ask ourselves how our work might be utilized to reduce the spread of disease. Surveillance plays a key role in software systems designed in response to pandemics. The ability to quickly identify and quarantine affected individuals is priceless to containing the coronavirus COVID-19.

    China's surveillance apparatus is a leading case-study for such a response. In this episode, we discuss its effectiveness, what other responses might work, and if such a system could be effective in other countries.

    • 26 min
    FISA and Big Data Technologies

    FISA and Big Data Technologies

    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act establishes the authority of federal agencies like the FBI, CIA, and NSA to spy on international targets. Big data technology creates tremendous power for effective intelligence, and is critical to maintain strategic advantage geopolitcally. US citizens today worry that the authorities established under FISA are too broad, and that its court system, intelligence officials, and agents are not subject to proper scrutiny. Officials in the intelligence community argue that secrecy is critical to the effectiveness of the programs, and that internal regulations are followed and respected throughout the process. They also point out that these systems are used only on foreign targets of value - not against US citizens.

    • 37 min
    Surveillance Capitalism Part 3: Instrumentarian Ideology

    Surveillance Capitalism Part 3: Instrumentarian Ideology

    The third installment of a three part series covering Shoshana Zuboff's book "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism." Here, we focus on the way Zuboff describes the worldview of big data's most powerful figures. We mention the key figure in her book named Alex Pentland. We also take a brief visit to Peter Joesph's book "The New Human Rights Movement" and compare his economic vision with Pentland's techno-utopia.

    • 41 min
    Beyond Election Interference - The Ambitions of the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA)

    Beyond Election Interference - The Ambitions of the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA)

    The Russian Internet Research Agency, known for 2016 United States election interference, had ambitions beyond the election of President Donald Trump. Their cybercriminal activity was designed to sow seeds of discontent within the American public, radicalizing both conservatives and liberals through a social media troll campaign. Using social networks, Putin and his operatives have successfully pushed the right and left further apart using personalized messaging, antagonizing Americans toward hating one another and losing faith in their democracy. Clear legal standards are needed to ensure private corporations will work with federal investigators to put an end to foreign operations on social media platforms.

    • 17 min
    Surveillance Capitalism Part 2: The Unprecedented Rise of Corporate Power

    Surveillance Capitalism Part 2: The Unprecedented Rise of Corporate Power

    What do corporations do with all that data they collect about us, and why does it make them powerful? To answer this question, we focus on Shoshana Zuboff's 2019 book: "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism", specifically on the rise of corporate power through instrumentarianism.

    • 57 min
    Surveillance Capitalism Part 1: Introducing Shoshana Zuboff's Groundbreaking Book

    Surveillance Capitalism Part 1: Introducing Shoshana Zuboff's Groundbreaking Book

    Welcome to the fourth episode of Big Data, Big Issues. Today, we will be introducing the concept of "surveillance capitalism" by discussing key concepts from a book by Shoshana Zuboff. The conversation is continued in episode 5. One might call this a book review, but it's more of an overview of the core arguments in the book.

    • 25 min

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