Big Data in Small Hands

Publication Type: 
Academic Writing
Publication Date: 
September 3, 2013

Big Data in Small Hands by Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger

“Big data” can be defined as a problem-solving philosophy that leverages massive datasets and algorithmic analysis to extract “hidden information and surprising correlations.” Not only does big data pose a threat to traditional notions of privacy, but it also compromises socially shared information. This point remains underappreciated because our so-called public disclosures are not nearly as public as courts and policymakers have argued—at least, not yet. That is subject to change once big data becomes user friendly.

Also available from Stanford Law Review Online.