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Big Data and Privacy  

A resource guide for understanding Big Data and its impact on information privacy. All books are available at the PMC library.
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Big Data, Privacy, and you

Since 2012, Big Data has been hailed as the “next big thing” in business, health, government, education and innovation.  Big Data is the term applied to data sets so huge and complex that it cannot be processed by on-hand technology. 

The challenges of Big Data include capture, curation, storage, analysis, visualization, and of course, privacy.  As data sets increase in size, privacy decreases, posing potentially hazardous implications for personal information.  Whether you are aware of it or not, every day you are being quantified and datafied; you are a part of the Big Data Revolution.

Big Data is decidedly here to stay, but the questions remain: Who has access to all this data? And what are they doing with it?


Understanding Big Data

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Big Data - Viktor Mayer-Schonberger; Kenneth Niel Cukier
Call Number: 306.46 M468
ISBN: 9780544002692
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
Written by two leading data experts, this volume explains “what big data is, how it will change our lives and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards.” It is an accessible and entertaining introduction to the complexity of big data for anyone, in any field of study.

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The Human Face of Big Data - Rick Smolan; Jennifer Erwitt
Call Number: 303.4833 S666
ISBN: 9781454908272
Publication Date: 2012-11-20
As visually stunning as it is informative, this collection of essays, photographs and information graphics explores the social impacts of the big data revolution.

“The average person today processes more data in a single day than a person in the 1500’s did in an entire lifetime.”

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Big Data Glossary - Pete Warden
Call Number: 004.03 W265
ISBN: 9781449314590
Publication Date: 2011-09-22
This glossary defines 60 recent terms and tools in the rapidly emerging big data environment.

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Big Data Governance - Sunil Soares
Call Number: 650.0285 S676
ISBN: 9781583473771
Publication Date: 2013-01-01


Introduction to the concept of Big Data

Explained by Common Craft


Privacy Concerns of Big Data

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The War on Privacy - Jacqueline Klosek
Call Number: 342.0858 K66
ISBN: 9780275988913
Publication Date: 2006-12-01
This book addresses the contradictions and consequences of the United States’ war on terror and the resulting erosion of individual privacy rights.

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Who Owns the Future? - Jaron Lanier
Call Number: 303.483 L2873W
ISBN: 9781451654967
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
From the author of You Are Not a Gadget, this insightful book looks at the economic impacts of the rise of digital networks. “Necessary reading for everyone who lives a part of their lives online.”

From: The Agenda with Steve Paikin

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The Digital Person - Daniel J. Solove
Call Number: 343.73085 S689
ISBN: 0814798462
Publication Date: 2004-12-01
Solove introduces the concept of the “digital dossier”— a digital profile of our personal information— and the potential for identity theft and criminal profiling.

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The Numerati - Stephen Baker
Call Number: 303.483 B168
ISBN: 9780618784608
Publication Date: 2008-08-12
From 2008, this entertaining and enlightening book sheds light on how the private sector collects data about each of us, who controls this data, and how it is used.

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Data Privacy in the Information Age - Jacqueline Klosek
Call Number: 005.8 K66
ISBN: 156720368x
Publication Date: 2000-08-30
From the author of The War on Privacy, this brief compendium outlines data privacy legislation in the European Union and the United States.


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