Science & Technology

Big Data and Individual Liberty


This conference explored the ethical and political concerns over “Big Data.” These concerns included issues of privacy, surveillance, economic calculation, and property rights.


Conference Readings

World Economic Forum. "Unlocking the Value of Personal Data: From Collection to Usage." February 2013.

World Economic Forum. "The Global Information Technology Report 2016." Chapter 1.2, "Cross-Border Data Flows, Digital Innovation, and Economic Growth."

Townsend, Leanne and Claire Wallace. "Social Media Research: A Guide to Ethics."

Balasegaram, Manica et al. “An Open Source Pharma Roadmap.” Plos Med  14, no. 4 (2017): 1-7.

Barlow, John Perry. “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” Electronic Frontier Foundation. (January 10, 2021).

Bernal, Paul A. “A Right to Delete?” European Journal of Law and Technology 2, no. 2 (2011): 1-18.

Braynea, Sarah. “Big Data Surveillance: The Case of Policing.” American Sociological Review  82, no. 5 (2017): 977-1008.

Crain, Matthew. “The limits of transparency: Data brokers and commodification.” New Media & Society 20, no. 1 (2016): 88-104.

Evans, Barbara. “Much Ado About Data Ownership.” Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 25, no. 1 (2011): 69-130.

Gorham, Ashley. “Does Information Want to Be Free? Hacktivism and the Democratization of Information.” The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development 1, no. Article 7 (2015): 1-19.

Hayek, F. A. “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” The American Economic Review 35, no. 4 (September 1945): 519-530.

Li Xan Wong, Karen and Amy Shields Dobson. “We’re just data: Exploring China’s social credit system in relation to digital platform ratings cultures in Westernised democracies.” Global Media and China 4, no. 2 (2019): 220-232.

Lieber, Ron. “Lower your Car Insurance Bill, at the Price of Some Privacy.” The New York Times (August 14, 2015): 1-5.

Morozov, E. “Digital Socialism? The Calculation Debate in the Age of Big Data.” New Left Review (March 21, 2019): 33-67.

Pasquale, Frank. “Tech Platforms and the Knowledge Problem.” American Affairs II, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 3-16.

Phillips, Leigh and Michal Rozworski. “Yes, a Planned Economy Can Actually Work.” Jacobin Magazine. (January 11, 2021).

Rothbard, Murray N. The Ethics of Liberty. New York: New York University Press, 2002.

Tucker, Darren S. and Hill B. Wellford. “Big Mistakes Regarding Big Data.” The Antitrust Source (2014): 1-12.