Furthering debate and discussion of ‘big data’ and the different ways in which it can influence society was one of the key aims of ADS when they held five panel discussions for the public at the University of Essex.
The debates brought together experts from Amnesty International, Yahoo, Essex County Council and Privacy International, as well as the former Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement for the UK Government the UK National Statistician who discussed and answered audience questions around five themes:
- Charities, Humanitarian Action and Big Data:
- Friend or Foe? Big Data in Business: Help or Hindrance?
- Changing Lives through big data research
- Big Data, Big Brother?
- Big Data and society: is it a game changer?
The events allowed members of the public to hear how different organisations use large and complex data sets and the challenges that it presents.
The discussions also helped both the panel and the ADRN to hear the public’s views and learn of concerns directly. The feedback enables us to understand where those concerns lie and then to try and address them in our communications.