Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (Hardback)
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Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 10/09/2015
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There has been a data rush in the past decade brought about by online communication and, in particular, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, among others), which promises a new age of digital enlightenment. But social data is compromised: it is being seized by specific economic interests, it leads to a fundamental shift in the relationship between research and the public good, and it fosters new forms of control and surveillance. Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data explores how we perform critical research within a compromised social data framework. The expert, international lineup of contributors explores the limits and challenges of social data research in order to invent and develop new modes of doing public research. At its core, this collection argues that we are witnessing a fundamental reshaping of the social through social data mining.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781501306501
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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Big data promise a more efficient understanding of citizen needs, wants, and desires and cast a wide net of harnessing these tendencies in the hope of bringing about more direct forms of democracy. At the same time, however, they do so at the cost of compromising personal data, in effect sacrificing the personal for the political. Compromised Data features contributions from leading scholars who examine the immediacy and complexity of data, big or small, and is a must read for all interested in these issues. * Zizi Papacharissi, Professor and Head of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, and editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and Social Media and Society *
Social theorists and champions of civil rights have long been concerned with the politics and practices of dataveillance, forms of surveillance accomplished through computation instead of by visual inspection. Yet, Compromised Data may be the first book that is so very clear about the threats and dangers of surveillance after the computational turn; after when, that is, the concern is not so much who sees whom, but whose data is captured by whom and what calculations are performed on that data. You have been instrumented -- through all your Internet-enabled devices -- to divulge where you are and when, what you say and write, with whom you associate, and what you are interested in. This book asks in very specific terms how we are compromised by big data. * Warren Sack, Professor of Film & Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA *
[CC] The digital age provides society with many advantages in the areas of communication and information on a personal, social, or political level. Here, more then ten international scholars who have examined the importance and complexity of social data and big data issues address the dangers that may occur in surveillance of online sites, including how and by whom this social data may be transformed and eventually controlled. Under the best scenario, data collection and analysis help society further the common good. However, the results of social data analysis can often be compromised. Avenues such as Facebook and Twitter allow users to share personal information, but often these sites are compromised by marketers who may use this information for profit. Clicking on a link frequently gives researchers worthwhile information, but even an innocuous click can be problematic. In addition, privacy is a major issue. Individuals innocently list information about their age, where they work and live, what their interests and concerns are, where they travel, etc., not realizing the potential adverse effects of their actions. Selected information from data collected online can lead to issues related to social profiling and guilt or innocence, as well as flag persons of interest. Overall, a thought-provoking book for all online users. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. -- D. J. Gougeon, University of Scranton, USA * CHOICE *

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