Big Data Machines

Prediction, Bias, and Control

Apr 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. 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?


Frank Pasquale
Professor of Law
University of Maryland
Virginia Eubanks
Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
SUNY Albany
Bernard Harcourt
Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Core Resources

Big Data And Human Rights

Eubanks, Virginia Big Data and Human Rights. Data and Discrimination: Collected Essays. Open Technology Institute, 2014.

The Moral Hazard Of Big Data

Harris, Malcolm. “The Moral Hazard of Big Data.” The New Republic (2015).

Interview On The Black Box Society

Joseph, Lawrence, and Frank Pasquale Interview on the Black Box Society . Balkinazation, 2015.

Digital Security In The Expository Society: Spectacle, Surveillance, And Exhibition In The Neoliberal Age Of Big Data

Harcourt, Bernard. Digital Security in the Expository Society: Spectacle, Surveillance, and Exhibition in the Neoliberal Age of Big Data.” American Political Science Association – Annual Meeting, 2014. Columbia Law School, 2014.