Big Data Machines

Prediction, Bias, and Control
Tuesday April 28, 2015

This seminar explores the growing importance of big data to economic activity, and the effect of this shift on personal freedom and systems of social discrimination and control.

Overview

This seminar explores the growing importance of big data to economic activity, and the effect of this shift on personal freedom and systems of social discrimination and control. Questions to be addressed include:

How are businesses adopting big data tools, algorithms and practices into their commercial and employment practices?

What are the legal, social and personal ramifications of our collective transition to a big data-driven economy?

What industries and actors have been most impacted by the rise of Big Financial Data, and why?

Participants

Speakers:

Participant Profile

Frank Pasquale

Professor of Law
University of Maryland

Frank Pasquale is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, and author of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information (Harvard University Press, 2015), which develops a social theory of reputation, search, and finance.

Participant Profile

Virginia Eubanks

Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
SUNY Albany

Virginia Eubanks is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age (MIT Press 2011) and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building With Barbara Smith (SUNY Press 2014).

Participant Profile

Bernard Harcourt

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Bernard E. Harcourt is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought. His scholarship intersects social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, and penal law and procedure.

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