Big Data: Stealth Control

Everyone who uses the Internet is implicated in a web of data collection; it relies on user data to produced tailored advertising revenue to support growth and free use. This digital profiling produces “the black box society,” in which basic societal functions are performed in deliberate obscurity via collection and algorithmic manipulation of personal data such as location, age and political affiliation. In a new study, law professor Frank Pasquale examines how these algorithms impact money and information, and how algorithmic decision-making is taking society to a dangerous place.

Steven Aftergood, Director of the Government Secrecy Project, examines Pasquale’s study and the impacts of personal data collection in a new article published in Nature. By hiding black-box practices from public evaluation and inspection, hinders independent oversight, error correction and free-market competition.

Read the article here. 

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