Making sense of big data

Databases Surveillance Privacy Big data

The evolving use of large datasets is prompting intense debates on privacy and security. From medical records through to GPS signals, the ability to collect large amounts of data holds great potential for innovation and productivity. But governments are grappling with the problems of how the data is harvested and how to govern its use. So is big data a big opportunity or big trouble?


Professor Sir Mark Walport

Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government

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Oxford Martin School

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