Tuesday, June 26th, Noon
The Very Short Book Club Considers Big Data Since long before computers were even thought of, data has been collected and organized by diverse cultures across the world. Once access to the Internet became a reality for large swathes of the world's population, the amount of data generated each day became huge, and continues to grow exponentially. It includes all our uploaded documents, video, and photos, all our social media traffic, our online shopping, even the GPS data from our cars. In Big Data: A Very Short Introduction, Dawn E. Holmes uses a variety of case studies to explain how data is stored, analyzed, and exploited by a variety of bodies from big companies to organizations concerned with disease control. She also explores important ethical issues raised by cases such as the Snowden affair, data security, and domestic smart devices that can be hijacked by hackers.
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