The Opportunities and Ethics of Big Data

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Abstract / Description of output

This Royal Statistical Society (RSS) report summarises the programme and discussion that took place in a two-day consultation convened in partnership with St George’s House on 27th-28th November 2015, on the opportunities and ethics of Big Data.
The Consultation aimed to start thinking about the ethics of big data, bringing together participants from a wide range of sectors (listed on p. 10), to explore the issues. We note and value the further and wider follow-up from participants who are building up understanding and expertise on big data, which could in many cases contribute towards our recommended Council for Big Data Ethics. We are hugely grateful to the Chair, Professor Denise Lievesley, and to participants in the event. We also recognise and call for a far wider programme of public engagement to fully address scientific and ethical concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal Statistical Society
Commissioning bodyRoyal Statistical Society
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Big Data
  • Ethics
  • Rights
  • Data Science
  • Privacy
  • responsible innovation


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